Meghan McCain made it clear Wednesday that she was not impressed to see President Joe Biden meeting with Russian President Vladimir Putin.
McCain said on ABC’s “The View” that between agreeing to the summit and pulling back sanctions on the Nord Stream 2 pipeline, the United States had already essentially given Putin the only two things he cared about: power and money. (RELATED: ‘For People In DC, It’s Their Heroin’: Meghan McCain Blasts Republicans For Selling Out ‘At The Altar Of Trumpism’)
Cohost Whoopi Goldberg began the broadcast by noting that the meeting between the two presidents was already underway and expected to last several hours. “Meghan, are you happy to see Biden going over to deal with Putin or have a conversation with him?” she asked.
“No. I don’t think that we should be meeting with Putin at all,” going on to say that she thought Russia, which is not a G-7 member nation, should be “kicked out of the G-7, especially while Alexei Navalny is sitting in a Russian prison simply for seeking democracy in Russia.”
“The meeting for me is almost pointless,” McCain added, saying that Biden had already signaled his position when he opened the door for the completion of the Nord Stream 2 pipeline. (RELATED: ‘I Do Seriously Wonder Why’: Dana Perino Says Biden’s White House Elevated Putin Meeting By Calling It A ‘Summit’)
“We’ve just given power and money to Vladimir Putin, the two things that he only cares about,” McCain continued. “This meeting is almost meaningless. And as long as Biden is going to do another reset just like President Bush did when he said he looked in the eyes of Putin and he saw a soul, just like President Obama did when he said he would have a reset with Vladimir Putin and didn’t do anything at all to stop him from gaining control of power when he annexed Crimea, and going on to obviously the horrific hellscape of the Trump administration.”
McCain concluded by saying that it was a “lonely, sad place” to stand in political opposition to Russia, arguing that former President Ronald Reagan had been the last American leader to do so effectively.
“There’s really egregious human rights violations going on in this country,” she said. “They should not be treated the same as the rest of Europe and the western democracies are.”