Musk posted on Twitter early on Friday in response to Joe Biden’s prisoner exchange with Russia for the release of American basketball “star” Brittney Griner.
Viktor Bout, a Russian arms trader guilty of supplying weapons to kill Americans, will be released by the United States as part of the agreement, Biden said on Thursday. The American Paul Whelan, an Iraq War veteran who has been detained in Russia since 2018, was noticeably absent from the agreement. The Griner deal did not include Marc Fogel, a Pennsylvania teacher jailed by the Russians.
American soldiers shouldn’t be left behind, according to Musk on Friday.
“Never leave a marine behind. Never,” Musk wrote in answer to a satirical inquiry posed by the account “Catturd” on the right-wing humor website.
“Does it surprise anyone the Biden regime would leave a Marine behind after they abandoned Americans in Afghanistan?” Catturd questioned.
Never leave a marine behind. Never.
— Elon Musk (@elonmusk) December 9, 2022
According to Fox News, “Musk’s criticism joined the chorus of Republican lawmakers and others who voiced concern Biden failed to free Whelan.”
Rep. Dan Crenshaw, a Republican from Texas, demanded an explanation from the Biden cabinet on Twitter as to why the Iraq War veteran was left out of the deal.
“This was likely not a simple ‘choose him or her’ situation. But if it was, you choose the guy that served our country, Paul Whelan. We should get an explanation from this administration immediately,” Crenshaw wrote in his post.
Republican Congressman Adam Kinzinger inquired: “What about retired marine who has been unjustly detained for years, Paul Whelan? Surely an arms dealer is worth two innocent people?”
In a subsequent tweet, Kinzinger congratulated Griner on her release while arguing that calling for Whelan’s release was not “unreasonable.”
“It is not in any way partisan, or unreasonable, to both congratulate Brittany on her freedom while being critical that the man who has been in captivity for years, was again skipped over. I have been engaged in this for years after receiving this three years ago today,” he stated.
More on this story via The Republic Brief:
Reuter’s reported about Whelan:
– Whelan was detained by agents from Russia’s Federal Security Service (FSB) in a room in Moscow’s Metropol Hotel, near the Kremlin, on Dec. 28, 2018.
– Investigators said he was a spy for military intelligence with a rank of colonel or higher, and had been caught red-handed with a computer flash drive containing classified information. CONTINUE READING…