‘Disgraceful abdication’: Potential 2024 contenders slam Biden’s swap of WNBA player for ‘Merchant of Death’

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Top Republican contenders for the 2024 presidential race spoke out against President Biden’s prisoner swap with Russia that released a convicted arms dealer.

On Thursday, Biden traded WNBA player Brittney Giner for Russian arms dealer Viktor Bout, who was arrested in 2008 on charges of conspiracy to kill Americans through global arms trade – earning the moniker “Merchant of Death.” Meanwhile, Marine veteran Paul Whelan remains in Russian prison. 

The exchange was celebrated for Griner’s release, though many criticized the swap for leaving Whelan behind.

“The return of any American hostage should be celebrated, but we cannot take our eyes off Paul Whelan and the pain his family is feeling today. This was not a fair trade for the “Merchant of Death” and signals to Putin that he will be rewarded for imprisoning Americans,” Nikki Haley, former governor of South Carolina and rumored 2024…

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