(USNewsBreak.com) – While then-candidate Joe Biden was running for president in 2020, Tara Reade, a former Senate aide, came forward and claimed he assaulted her in 1993. Reade said she spoke of the incident to a few friends and other co-workers at the time. Biden denied the accusations. Now, Reade has said she fears for her life and has decided to leave the country.
On Tuesday, May 30, the former Biden aide appeared in a Russian State-sponsored press conference next to Maria Butina, who was convicted in 2018 of being a Russian agent and jailed. Reade told Sputnik International that she made the “very difficult” decision to flee the United States because she didn’t feel safe any longer. Remaining in the US, she said, would give her two options: “walk into a cage or be killed.” She thanked Butina for providing her with protection at a time she doesn’t feel secure.
Reade also drew controversy by apologizing to the Russians for the American support of Ukraine. She has applied for citizenship and asked President Vladimir Putin to expedite her request. The former Senate aide has also been outspoken about her support for Russia — and Putin — for several years, even going so far as to support Russian officials on social media.
National Security Council spokesperson John Kirby took reporter questions about the matter during Wednesday’s daily White House briefing. When asked about why she fled, he answered that he didn’t want to talk about the “musings of a potential Russian citizen.” Kirby, did, however, make it perfectly clear that there were no threats from the US government on her life, “there’s nothing to that,” he said.
As for the chance of returning to the United States, Reade says it’s her desire to live in both countries but recognizes that she may not be able to return home, “and that’s OK.”
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