WASHINGTON – U.S. Senator Kevin Cramer (R-ND), a member of the Senate Armed Services Committee, joined Stuart Varney on Fox Business this morning to discuss the Protect Our Well-Being by Expanding Law Russian sanctions (POWERS) he presented yesterday to extend the sanctions against Russia and restore the sanctions that the Biden administration waives against Russian persons and entities involved in the construction of the Nord Stream 2 pipeline. The senator also discussed the ceasefire yesterday’s fire between Israel and Hamas and why the United States must support its ally, Israel. Below are excerpts and a link to the full interview.
On the actions of President’s Nord Stream 2:
“The official policy of the United States to oppose the Nord Stream 2 pipeline, which makes it very absurd that the President of the United States, the Commander-in-Chief looking after our national security and our economy, in fact lift the sanctions that we had put in the National Defense Authorization Act … This is really absurd. Here we have a president who is deliberately and aggressively killing our energy industry and our jobs while trying to build Russia. It does not mean anything.”
On the response of the Congressional Democrats:
“A number of Democrats have spoken out against what the president did by lifting the sanctions. We have members of the Armed Services Commission and other Democratic commissions who have strongly opposed the lifting of sanctions. They strongly opposed Nord Stream 2 … but here’s the really crazy thing: Vladimir Putin’s natural gas is actually produced and shipped by pipeline with a carbon footprint roughly 40% larger than US natural gas put into shape. liquid and shipped to the same. Locations. So it’s bad for our economy, bad for national security and bad for the environment. “
On the Israel-Hamas ceasefire:
“Once again, we are playing with Iran and looking to lift its sanctions and allow it to bring more oil to the market, which just gives them more money to wage these wars. It makes absolutely no sense. I am more comforted by the fact that [Israeli] Prime Minister Netanyahu has said that if this fight resumes and the rockets begin to hit Israel again, the response will be harsh. It must be. We must stand with Israel in this unequivocal area. “