ICYMI—Hagerty Joins Kudlow to Respond to Biden’s First Press Conference in over 78 days

January 19, 2022

WASHINGTON—United States Senator Bill Hagerty (R-TN) today joined Kudlow on Fox Business to respond to President Joe Biden’s press conference.

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Partial Transcript

Hagerty responds to Biden on what Republicans are for: “[President Biden] complains… what are Republicans ‘for’? I can tell you what we’re ‘for’. You’re part of helping this happen, Larry. We’re for energy security. We’re for economic security for this nation. We’re for border security. We’re for our national security. We’re for supporting our allies and pushing back on our adversaries, and everything that he’s done has been the opposite of that. If you think about what President Trump accomplished… we brought our economy to the fore. [President Biden] talked about bringing jobs back. He hasn’t brought jobs back to the level that they were before the pandemic. He’s taken credit for things that he really shouldn’t. The inflation rate is at a level that we haven’t seen in 40 years. It’s taxing every American. He’s living in some sort of different reality, some sort of alternate reality. When he says that Build Back Better would reduce inflation—not cost a penny—when we know that $5 trillion more fuel onto this inflationary fire would be disastrous. I mean, it really was shocking to see him take this approach tonight.”

Hagerty on Biden’s foreign policy failures: “[Biden’s statement on Russia appears to be] the pretext for another failure. As Senator [Ron] Johnson said, we’ve seen massive failures overseas. Afghanistan was a complete debacle. You know, it’s emboldened our adversaries. Vladimir Putin’s been watching this, and if you think about the way Biden has negotiated with Putin since he’s come into office—Nord Stream 2, not imposing mandatory waivers. You think about what happened with the [New] START Treaty, where President Trump had held back to get negotiating leverage, Biden gave him a five-year extension and got nothing for it. Begging us not to attack, begging us not to be attacked—at least 16 industries that he’s willing to protect—when he talked with Vladimir Putin about how these are the industries we don’t want you to cyber-attack. I mean, we’ve been dealing with him from a position of weakness. Now that these troops have piled up on the border, I think we have every reason to be very concerned. And I hate to hear President Biden again, laying the pretext for some sort of failure at that border. We need to be standing strong right now. We need to stand strong with our allies.”