U.S. Sen. Tommy Tuberville (R-Auburn) said President Joe Biden doesn't sound like someone who wants to negotiate after the President said on Thursday that Tuberville was jeopardizing national security.
Tuberville currently has a hold on military promotions to combat a U.S. Department of Defense (DOD) policy that financially facilitates abortions.
After the U.S. Supreme Court brought the abortion issue back to the states by overturning Roe v. Wade last summer, the Pentagon decided to aid female soldiers in obtaining abortions by offering them up to three weeks of leave and transportation allowances to travel to states where abortion is legal.
At a press conference on Thursday, Biden said, "I'd be willing to talk to him if I thought there's any possibility of him changing his ridiculous position."
"He's jeopardizing U.S. security by what he's doing. I expect the Republican Party to stand up, stand up and do something about it," Biden said.
Tuberville told reporters in response on Thursday that Biden "doesn't sound like anybody that wants to sit down and visit and work [the] problem out."
"[He sounds] like somebody who wants to argue. But I'm not in this to argue," Tuberville said. "You know, just in this to try to be fair and do what's right. And go over the law and live by the Constitution. You know, he called me everything he wants, but we need to get this worked out. And, uh, you know I've been called a lot of names in my career anyway, so we won't worry about that. But when he gets back (and) wants to sit down and visit, I'm glad to do it."
He continued, "You never know when you sit down to talk about it and you look at the options."
"There's no chance of changing my position if we don't sit down and visit. I mean, that's what you do up here, supposedly. I'm sure he did that over his career in the Senate. But he doesn't want to do it. We won't do it. We just keep going," Tuberville added.
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