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Morning Joe host tears into Trump over Brittney Griner criticism

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Morning Joe host Joe Scarborough has torn into Donald Trump for his “heinous” remarks about imprisoned WNBA star Brittney Griner.

“We have Donald Trump calling Brittney Griner ‘spoiled,’ so we have Donald Trump dealing with their, offer, ‘loaded upwards with medications.’ There’s already been no testimony, no proof, no advice that she ended up being, offer, ‘loaded upwards with drugs’,” Mr Scarborough mentioned through the MSNBC tv show on Monday day.

“It again reveals exactly what a awful man this will be, exactly what a heinous person. How harsh it’s. And you can’t assist but wonder if he’s stating that because she’s a black colored baseball user,” the previous Congressman included.

Rev Al Sharpton mentioned there clearly was without doubt in his mind’s eye that Mr Trump had “taken liberties” utilizing the basketball player’s reputation because she ended up being black colored and freely gay.

The remarks came after Mr Trump said during a podcast meeting that the usa ended up being obtaining a poor offer by providing to change infamous Russian convict Viktor Bout for Ms Griner, who was simply detained having a tiny amount of cannabis at a Russian airport in February.

“It undoubtedly does not appear to be an excellent trade, really does it?” Mr Trump asked.

“(Bout’s) definitely among the worst on the planet, and he’s heading to get their independence just because a probably rotten individual goes into Russia filled upwards with medications.”

Mr Trump included he wouldn’t normally made a cope with the Russians on her launch.

“They don’t like medications. And she had gotten caught. And today, we’re supposed to obtain her out — and she can make, you understand, serious cash, i assume. We’re likely to get their around for the total killer and something for the most significant hands retailers on the planet. Killed numerous Americans. Killed many individuals.”

US authorities have actually agreed to swap Griner and Paul Whelan for the hands dealership Viktor Bout

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Viktor Bout gets to Westchester County Airport in November 2010 after becoming extradited from Thailand

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Bout ended up being found guilty of selling hands to the Colombian guerrilla party FARC in 2012.

Secretary of State Antony Blinken final week urged Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov to simply accept the usa provide of switching Griner and ex-US Marine Paul Whelan for Bout, an hands dealership nicknamed the “Merchant of Death”.

CNN stated that the Russians made a counter-demand that Vadim Krasikov, a found guilty murderer providing a existence phrase in Germany, end up being contained in the offer.

US authorities seem to have terminated the provide.

National Security Council spokesman John Kirby told CNN it in fact was a “bad trust try to abstain from a really significant offer”.

Ms Griner, 31, happens to be incarcerated since February whenever she ended up being detained to be in control of the tiny amount of cannabis vape at an airport near Moscow.

Mr Whelan happens to be jailed in Russia on espionage costs since 2018.

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