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Biden’s National Security Adviser Caught on Hot Mic Saying U.S. Has to Pay for Seized Russian Superyachts


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Since the Russia-Ukraine conflict began, the Biden regime has ‘cracked down’ on Russian oligarchs and their assets.

That crackdown has led to numerous seizures of luxurious superyachts from ports around the world.

According to a recent comment by Jake Sullivan, Biden’s national security adviser, the U.S. has to pay for the upkeep of those vessels.

Thus, the upkeep of seized Russian superyachts will be on the American taxpayer’s dime.

Insider reported:

Speaking moments before the beginning of an event at the Center for a New American Security on Thursday, Jake Sullivan, who is national security adviser to President Joe Biden, mentioned the ongoing Operation KleptoCapture, a Justice Department-led effort targeting Russian “elites, proxies, and oligarchs” with sanctions and civil and criminal asset seizures.

Sullivan appeared to reference the recent seizure of the Amadea, a 348-foot yacht owned by sanctioned Russian oligarch Suleiman Kerimov. The US moved to seize the yacht in early May and it sailed for the US in early June, after Fiji’s supreme court authorized its seizure.

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“I just wasn’t aware how many super yachts there were in the world,” Richard Fontaine, chief executive officer of the CNAS, tells Sullivan on the recording. “I mean the size of these things, the value of these things is unbelievable.”

“I know. It’s so ridiculous, but you know what the craziest thing is? When we seize one, we have to pay for upkeep,” Sullivan says in reply. “The federal government pays for upkeep because under the kind of forfeiture rubric, so like some people are basically being paid to maintain Russian superyachts on behalf of the United States government.”

Fontaine interviewed Sullivan during the event Thursday morning. The audio of their exchange was broadcast on a livestream, which was taken offline shortly after Sullivan’s comments were publicized. A spokesperson for the think tank called the takedown a “honest mistake” and it was later reposted.

The Biden Administration finds every way imaginable to waste American taxpayer dollars in its delusional war against Russia.

It’s America last and everybody else in the world first.



 

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