Fox Business host Charles Payne mercilessly hammered Geraldo Rivera over President Biden’s visit to Ukraine where sirens conveniently blared as he unflinchingly strolled through Kyiv with President Volodymyr Zelenskyy in what appeared to be a staged propaganda event.
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On Wednesday’s edition of Fox News host Sean Hannity’s show, the financial expert heatedly clashed with Rivera. The audience clearly supported Payne’s stance on Biden in Ukraine.
The president made a surprise trip to Ukraine this week just ahead of the first anniversary of Russia’s brutal invasion of the wartorn country.
Hannity shredded Biden over quashing a deal that would have sent Polish fighter jets to Ukraine. A move that many contend could have launched the US into a hot war with Russia and possibly China.
“This is important. I want to know if we’re going to give $120 billion to Ukraine and then Joe Biden has now, not once but a number of times, he’s vetoed other European countries from giving fighter jets so that they can compete with Putin in the air and there’s no reason to do that except he’s not fighting to win the war,” Hannity asserted.
“It’s a proxy war,” Payne pointed out. “I think the administration’s happy if it’s just bogged down. If you can bog Russia down, they lose a lot of people.”
Payne questioned doling out billions to Ukraine and then attacked Biden’s trip to the country. He called the sirens blaring as Biden walked with Zelenskyy “phony.”
“I want to bring up the notion that it’s not right to be able to question this,” Payne commented, adding “$112 billion of American taxpayer dollars, you can appreciate and admire the valor and bravery of the Ukrainian people. But this kind of reminds me of when the plague first started. You couldn’t question the origins of it. You couldn’t question the vaccine. People were ostracized, people lost their jobs over questions that we know the answers were actually what they thought it was in the first place.”
“As Americans, we have a right to say, hey, this is a lot of money. Where is the accountability?” he asked.
Then he proceeded to criticize the sirens blaring as Biden visited Ukraine.
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“The only thing I did not like about President Biden’s visit was the air raid sirens. That was the most phony baloney stuff. The air raid sirens hadn’t gone on, ’cause they hadn’t gone off for five days. It was…” Payne began.
“They’ve lost 100,000 people,” Rivera interjected.
“Air raid sirens had not gone off in that city in five days. It was phony baloney Hollywood junk,” Payne contended.
Rivera was outraged over the claim.
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“I absolutely disagree,” Rivera blustered.
“They didn’t need that,” Payne responded.
“That is a little partisan jab that you didn’t have to make. They have lost 100,000…” Rivera sniped.
“Russia was notified that Biden was coming. Do you think Russia was gonna drop a bomb on President Biden?!” Payne incredulously asked Rivera.
“Russia was not notified…” Rivera falsely stated.
“Yes, they were. Listen, let me get back to the original point,” Payne clapped back.
“Some things you just have to accept,” Rivera snapped.
“Biden warned Russia. They told Russia we were going,” Hannity emphasized.
“I just said it. That’s what I just said,” the Fox Business host reiterated.
“Anyway, the air raid siren was the worst part of the whole thing. 160,000 US families, American active military families right now have food insecurity. Big trouble. 29% of them. Here’s the problem. Something is wrong. I grew up as an Army brat the first 12 years of my life,” Payne noted.
“Twenty-three percent of active households in the military with children are getting — have food insecurity right now. Of US households, there’s only less than 12%. You say why can’t we recruit people to the military? When I was growing up, people went to the military because you knew you would get food. You knew you would get shelter, you knew you were going to get training. If those things are gone, why won’t you join?” he concluded.
Russia was notified by the US that the president would be visiting Ukraine hours before his arrival according to ABC News. The Russians, however, did take the opportunity to test an ICBM. That test failed, according to CBS News.
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