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Republicans May Still Try to Kill Nord Stream 2

Biden accused Trump of being soft on Russia, but is now selling out Ukraine to provide Germany with natural gas. 

It’s a deal!

It’s a deal!

Photographer: Mandel Ngan/AFP/Getty Images

Imagine a U.S. president who negotiated a deal allowing Russia to complete an $11 billion natural gas pipeline to Germany over the strenuous objections of Ukraine, Poland and both parties in Congress. Sounds like Donald Trump, right? Well it’s actually Joe Biden, the guy who defeated Trump in the 2020 election in part by campaigning on what a Russian patsy the incumbent was.

This is the great irony of Biden’s agreement with Germany to drop U.S. sanctions on the Nord Stream 2 pipeline project. And a reason Republicans are trying a last-minute plan to scuttle the deal.