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Fox News liberal co-host Geraldo Rivera is in hot water again with critics, this time over a hot take he posted to Twitter about President Joe Biden.
Biden made a surprise visit to Ukraine on Monday to visit Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy in Kyiv. During a visit to the Ukraine royal palace, Biden also stirred some controversy with a note he wrote in the guest book.
Despite many issues with Biden’s trip, including the fact that he was in Ukraine and not the United States on President’s Day, Geraldo praised the president.
“Bravo Biden stand and deliver,” he tweeted.
Bravo Biden stand and deliver
— Geraldo Rivera (@GeraldoRivera) February 20, 2023
It didn’t take long for many on Twitter to lash out at Geraldo, including some calling for him to retire or be fired.
Visiting Ukraine and offering them millions more in taxpayer funds is more important than visiting East Palestine, Ohio?! You should be fired!
— Patriot Alerts (@alerts___) February 21, 2023
You're such a tool, you always have been, you always will be, and if you only had a small idea of what the people at Fox say about you behind your back. LOL.
— Dennis Michael Lynch (@realDennisLynch) February 21, 2023
For what? A staged pre approved by Russia trip while abandoning the people of Ohio? Cmon man.
— 🇺🇸Hakim🇺🇸 (@kareemjeanjr) February 20, 2023
Damn, Geraldo are you getting paid or are you really that stupid? Bravo Biden? WTF. Worst installed president ever! Traitors and Patriots pick a side.
— The Big Mig™ (@TheBigMigShow) February 20, 2023
Several American lawmakers have voiced their belief that supporting Ukraine should be a top priority, but some have criticized the decision to continue providing financial aid without appropriate oversight.
While House Speaker Kevin McCarthy (R-Calif.) has expressed concerns about offering Ukraine an unrestricted financial aid package, the Biden administration has promised to back Zelenskyy’s administration for as long as necessary.
National security officials have disclosed more information about Biden’s unexpected trip to Ukraine, which is considered unprecedented given the lack of U.S. military infrastructure in the region.
During a press briefing, national security adviser Jake Sullivan was repeatedly questioned about whether the U.S. had given Moscow prior warning that President Biden would be visiting Kyiv, a city that had previously been targeted by Russian missile attacks.
“We did notify the Russians that President Biden would be traveling to Kyiv,” Sullivan said. “We did so some hours before his departure for de-confliction purposes.”
The United States is risking a nuclear exchange with Russia if the Biden administration decides to help Ukraine militarily retake Crimea, a former long-serving Republican lawmaker from Texas said last month after the suggestion was floated.
Dr. Ron Paul, the father of Sen. Rand Paul (R-Ky.), noted the potential escalation in a Twitter post containing a clip of an interview he did recently discussing the administration’s consideration, asking, “Are Americans okay with this?”
The Times added:
For years, the United States has insisted that Crimea is still part of Ukraine. Yet the Biden administration has held to a hard line since Russia’s invasion of Ukraine, refusing to provide Kyiv with the weapons it needs to target the Crimean Peninsula, which Russia has been using as a base for launching devastating strikes.
Now that line is starting to soften.
After months of discussions with Ukrainian officials, the Biden administration is finally starting to concede that Kyiv may need the power to strike the Russian sanctuary, even if such a move increases the risk of escalation, according to several U.S. officials who spoke on condition of anonymity to discuss the sensitive debate.
The paper noted further that, at present, there are tens of thousands of “dug-in” Russian troops stationed in Crimea at several military bases. The Times also noted that there has been no change in position from the Biden administration: Crimea is Ukrainian territory.
“We have said throughout the war that Crimea is Ukraine, and Ukraine has the right to defend themselves and their sovereign territory in their internationally recognized borders,” said Adrienne Watson, a spokeswoman for the National Security Council.
Biden also made headlines over the weekend when he got snippy with reporters.
On Thursday, the president held a press conference talking about the unidentified flying objects, presumed to be balloons, that have been shot out of the sky by the United States military. But when the press conference was done reporters shouted questions at him and he appeared to be set to answer some before changing his mind and walking away.
“Are you compromised by your family’s business relations in China?” one reporter said, which provoked a snide remark from the president.
“Give me a break, man,” the president said, though he did not deny the accusation.