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Tags: germany | nord stream 2 pipeline | ric grenell | invasion | natural gas | energy

Ric Grenell: Biden Failed, Diplomacy Failed

(Newsmax's "Rob Schmitt Tonight")

By    |   Thursday, 24 February 2022 12:45 AM EST

While Russia reportedly launched a "full-scale invasion" of Ukraine, former Amb. Ric Grenell told Newsmax that former Chancellor Angela Merkel and Germany are at fault for this, emboldening Russia with Nord Stream 2 Pipeline plans.

"We should all be saying a prayer for the people of Ukraine," Grenell told Wednesday's "Rob Schmitt Tonight." "This is a needless war; it should not be happening."

Germany, President Joe Biden, and his State Department all share in the blame, Grenell told Schmitt in overnight expanded coverage of the events as they were unfolding.

"I blame the Germans for showing how weak they were going to be on the world stage, certainly encouraging NATO members to not help Ukraine, certainly telling the Ukrainian government to take NATO membership off the options list, to give in to the Russians," Grenell continued.

"The weakness that the Germans have created his really caused this rewriting of borders in Europe."

Biden's weak diplomacy through the State Department and Secretary of State Antony Blinken have proved to be a "failure," Grenell added.

"I also have to put the diplomatic failure here squarely on the Biden team, and this is a diplomatic failure," Grenell said. "Very few places will ever hold bureaucrats to account, but the reality is when you look at war, it means that the State Department has failed. And this is what we're looking at.

"Antony Blinken has not delivered the tough diplomacy that should have come forward. Joe Biden has not delivered tough diplomacy in the face of Russian aggression."

The plans for the natural gas pipeline from Russia to Germany under Merkel has ultimately handed European influence to Russian President Vladimir Putin, according to Grenell, who was the U.S. ambassador to Germany under former President Donald Trump.

"Chancellor Merkel is responsible for creating the system here – where the Russians had influence in Europe and felt empowered," Grenell said.

And Grenell took direct objection to Biden's lack of public address Wednesday night into Thursday morning.

"Come out Joe Biden and say something," Grenell said. "You're are the leader of our country. You're the leader of the free world. You're going to wait until the morning when Kyiv is under attack?

"This is this is an atrocious message to the world that we are this weak."

Grenell was speaking via phone from Mar-a-Lago and was just huddled with Trump.

"President Trump was aghast at what is happening, and he made perfectly clear – and he's right – this would not have happened under Donald Trump," Grenell continued. "Putin knows knew exactly what he was dealing with with President Trump, and I don't care what these Washington, D.C., media people are going to try to spin. They're going to try to pretend this is Donald Trump's fault."

The weakness of Biden was the opportunity Putin has taken advantage of after four years of strength under Trump, Grenell said.

"Now that we're in this position: The fact is the Russians are always going to be on the offense when Joe Biden is an office, so no matter what we do, the Russians are going to smell weakness," Grenell said. "The Russians have nukes. This is a very serious situation, and I have to say, as a diplomat, the reason why you want tough diplomats is for precisely what we're watching on our television: to avoid war."

Deputy Secretary of State Wendy Sherman and her boss Blinken should be run out of office, Grenell concluded.

"We have to blame Wendy Sherman, who is the deputy secretary of state, and Antony Blinken, the secretary of state; they have utterly failed yet again," Grenell said. "They should be run out of office, because when diplomats fail, war comes."

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While Russia reportedly launched a "full-scale invasion" of Ukraine, former U.S. Ambassador to Germany Ric Grenell told Newsmax that former Chancellor Angela Merkel and Germany are at fault for this, emboldening Russia with Nord Stream 2 Pipeline plans.
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