State Department spokesperson, Ned Price, got a little heated at a press conference on Monday.
When a reporter from the Associated Press asks Price if they were taking credit from the Trump Administration, things did not go well.
During the press briefing, Price was noting a report that was sent to Congress.
The report included 18 entities engaged in “good faith efforts” to retract efforts with the Nord Stream 2.
The Nord Stream 2 is an incredibly controversial $11 billion pipeline that stretches from Russia to Germany.
This pipeline would intend to create an efficient way to transport natural gas to and fro.
The downside to this pipeline is that Europe would potentially rely more on Russia for natural gas than ever before.
If the pipeline were to be completed, it is estimated to double the amount of natural gas imports from Russia.
After Putin’s top political adversary was poisoned, many have called for an end to the pipeline.
Some think that the Kremlin could have been involved with this poisoning as it helped Putin’s efforts tremendously.
Putin has denied any connection to the poisoning, but when asked about it, he said with a laugh, “If there was such a desire, it would have been done.”
At the press conference, Price began to suggest that Biden’s State Department had begun to sanction relations with the pipeline.
Price seemed to flex that their team had calmed down the negotiations and asserted dominance over the situation.
However, this is not entirely true.
Price claims that Biden and Congress are “working to good effect” on their strategy for the pipeline, but this had been going on for quite some time.
All these claims began to pile up, Matt Lee from the Associated Press jumped in.
Lee informs Price that this work was an accomplishment that was started under the Trump Administration.
“You guys have only been in office for a month, right? Are you telling me that in the last four weeks, these 18 companies all of the sudden decided to say, ‘Oh my God! We better not doing anything with Nord Stream 2,” the reporter said.
Lee proceeded to carry out his blatant accusation that defends Trump.
“You guys are taking credit for stuff the previous administration did. Yes or no?”
In a heated response, Price claims that he speaks on behalf of the State Department, not the White House or the Biden Administration.
Even though Price had literally just spoken on the efforts of the Biden Administration.
Price ended up dodging the question more or less but was certainly flustered by the reporter.
This is a rare sight from the Associated Press and any other reporter who traditionally are vastly critical of Donald Trump’s presidency.
Many conservative lawmakers claim that the State Department’s move to send additional sanctions is redundant and an attempt to piggyback off President Trump’s decision.
It seems as if Lee agreed with that claim.
This could be the first of many reporters who begin to see through the smoke and mirrors that the Biden Administration has tried to play.
Once critics of Donald Trump are slowly waking up to the realization that Joe Biden is no “saving grace.”
Watch the heated exchange below.
The entire press conference is awkward and tense but the specific exchange referenced in this article is at the 30:00 minute marker of the video.
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