Sen. Marsha Blackburn (R-TN) told The Daily Wire this week that Democrat President Joe Biden’s weakness was emboldening aggression from America’s enemies around the world, including from Russia and China.


The remarks from Blackburn come as Russian President Vladimir Putin has amassed approximately 190,000 troops near the Ukraine border for what many experts say is an imminent invasion.


Blackburn pointed to remarks made by Robert Gates, former President Barack Obama’s secretary of defense, who told CBS News a few years ago that Biden has “gotten a lot wrong.”


“I think he has been wrong on nearly every major foreign policy and national security issue over the past four decades,” Gates said.


“And he was definitely wrong on Afghanistan and has left Americans behind there. So people looked at that debacle and Russia and China moved in,” Blackburn said, later adding, “We’re concerned about the message that sends and the way a weak and rudderless Joe Biden and his actions in Afghanistan have now emboldened China and emboldened Russia, which leads us to the Russia-Ukraine issue. Putin does not believe Joe Biden is going to come after him.”


Blackburn pointed to remarks made by Robert Gates, former President Barack Obama’s secretary of defense, who told CBS News a few years ago that Biden has “gotten a lot wrong.”


“I think he has been wrong on nearly every major foreign policy and national security issue over the past four decades,” Gates said.


“And he was definitely wrong on Afghanistan and has left Americans behind there. So people looked at that debacle and Russia and China moved in,” Blackburn said, later adding, “We’re concerned about the message that sends and the way a weak and rudderless Joe Biden and his actions in Afghanistan have now emboldened China and emboldened Russia, which leads us to the Russia-Ukraine issue. Putin does not believe Joe Biden is going to come after him.”

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