Many conservatives are speaking out against the prisoner swap between US President Joe Biden and Russia.
Due to the fact that Paul Taylor, a US Marine veteran, is still in jail, House Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy of California called the deal "unconscionable".
In addition, Biden gave up Viktor Bout, a notorious Russian arms dealer, in exchange for the release of WNBA player Brittney Griner.
The prisoner Biden returned to Putin was described as a "Merchant of Death." He was convicted of planning to kill American law enforcement agents. Many view the deal as a big win for Putin and a huge loss for Biden.
"Merchant of Death"—That's the nickname of the prisoner Biden returned to Putin. He was convicted of conspiring to kill American law enforcement.
This is a gift to Vladimir Putin, and it endangers American lives.
Leaving Paul Whelan behind for this is unconscionable.
— Kevin McCarthy (@GOPLeader) December 8, 2022
This swap demonstrated Biden's horrible negotiation skills according to one lawmaker.
This is certainly not an “Art Of The Deal” presidency anymore. https://t.co/jV0cVqM5Tt
— Lauren Boebert (@laurenboebert) December 8, 2022
On Twitter, Benny Johnson stated his disgust for the deal as well.
Meet Brittney Griner & Marine Paul Whelan.
Both were convicted in Russian courts on dubious charges.
Both serving multi-year sentences in Russian prison.
Brittney hates America
Paul served America
Guess which one Biden traded a terrorist to free?
Semper fi Paul pic.twitter.com/tuP1R6AZpf
— Benny Johnson (@bennyjohnson) December 8, 2022
Press Secretary of the White House, Jean-Marie Jean-Pierre, stated that the administration would not apologize for the deal. She said that the president had a moral obligation to bring home the basketball star, and there was an opportunity for him to do so. Officials would also continue to negotiate Paul Taylor's release.