Clapper lambastes Russia; wait, isn’t Joe Biden in Russia?

Vice President Joe BidenJoe BidenTrump poised to betray primary supporters on immigration Biden seeks to reassure Turkey over alleged coup plotter US, Turkey launch offensive in northern Syria against ISIS MORE is in Russia, lecturing officials there on the need for reform but emphasizing his earlier and friendly metaphor, echoed by his boss Barack ObamaBarack ObamaFULL SPEECH: Hillary Clinton links Trump to 'alt-right' in Reno McConnell: Senate won't take up TPP this year Politicians can’t afford to ignore Latinos MORE, that it is time for the U.S. to “push the reset button” in its relationship with Russia. While in Moscow, Biden also met with President Dmitry Medvedev and Prime Minister Vladimir Putin.

While Biden is in Moscow, Director of National Intelligence James Clapper is testifying before the Senate Armed Services Committee. He tells visibly stunned senators that the biggest threats to our nation are Russian and China. Chairman Carl LevinCarl LevinSenate continues to disrespect Constitution, Obama and Supreme Court by not voting on Garland As other regulators move past implementing Dodd-Frank, the SEC falls further behind Will partisan politics infect the Supreme Court? MORE (D-Mich.) suggests that in his opinion, Iran and North Korea are more menacing to the U.S.

Soon thereafter, Sen. Lindsey GrahamLindsey GrahamGraham: Let special prosecutor probe Clinton emails The Trail 2016: Clinton’s ups and downs Graham: GOP being 'left behind' under Trump MORE (R-S.C.) goes on Fox News and calls for Clapper’s resignation. “Three strikes and you’re out” — the first strike, Graham explained, was seeming not to know, while being interviewed on ABC, that men allegedly planning a terrorist attack had been arrested in London, and the second was describing Egypt’s Muslim Brotherhood as “largely secular.”

About the only worse example of flatfooted timing would have been if Clapper had delivered his remarks last January while President Obama and first lady Michelle ObamaMichelle ObamaIs Hillary the perfect female politician? Melania Trump's convention speechwriter paid 6 last month Melania Trump's convention speechwriter listed on July payroll MORE hosted Chinese President Hu Jintao at a White House State Dinner.

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