“The View” host Alyssa Farah Griffin said Thursday that swapping Britney Griner for arms dealer Victor Booth, better known as “The Merchant of Death,” was not an “equal exchange.”
Farah Griffin said the news about Griner was unbelievable and that his wife Cheryl Griner was “instrumental” in bringing attention to his case.
“It’s good news when an American comes home after being wrongfully detained overseas. Thank you for talking about Paul Whelan. Because he’s been there since 2018, ex-Marine Corps and serving our country, and it’s a tragic story. I wanted thing. To emphasize here, I think it’s a good thing, we should celebrate it, but it’s not an equal exchange,” he said.
He also noted that Booth would be “useful” in Vladimir Putin’s war against Ukraine.
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“This is a man who conspired and conspired against the Americans to kill them. He was called the merchant of death because he was basically a man who traveled around the world collecting weapons and bringing them to Russia. He was this sa “Against Ukraine, and it’s a big domestic problem for Putin, he’s at the weakest place he’s been in decades. That’s why I stopped here,” he added.
Co-host Sunny Hostin asked Farah Griffin if “prisoner swaps are good,” admitting there’s always been “conflict” about such trades.
“I will never negotiate with terrorists with George W. Bush, because sometimes it has to be done, but you have to make sure – it does not pose too great a danger to the country. I am afraid that this is someone who one day there will be blood of Ukrainians or Americans,” he said.
When Americans travel abroad, it becomes a “currency,” says co-author Sarah Hines.
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“And not only the athletes, but also the people should be aware. In no world did the punishment fit the crime in this case, but he immediately gave them a foothold,” he said.
The exchange leaves US Marine Paul Whelan behind in Russia.
Whelan has been in prison in Russia since 2018 after being sentenced to 16 years for espionage.
The administration initially hoped to trade Griner and Whelan, but settled on only Griner.