Marjorie Taylor Greene Bought Defense Stock Day Before Slamming 'Profitable' War

Representative Marjorie Taylor Greene purchased stock in a major defense contractor just one day before sending a tweet that appeared to criticize profiting from war.

A financial disclosure released on Monday shows that Greene, a Republican representing Georgia's 14th congressional district, purchased between $1,001 and $15,000 in Lockheed Martin stock on February 22, 2022.

Greene tweeted the next day criticizing the media and taking an apparent swipe at war profiteering, while she also took aim at the role of defense contractors in a series of tweets on February 24, the day Russia began its invasion of Ukraine.

Lockheed Martin manufactures Javelin anti-tank missiles with defense contractor Raytheon. Those missiles have been included in western military aid to Ukraine.

The U.S. and NATO have sent more than 17,000 anti-tank weapons to Ukraine, including Javelins, according to The New York Times.

Greene took to Twitter the day after the stock purchase and criticized the possibility of a war.

"War and rumors of war is incredibly profitable and convenient," Greene wrote. "And just like that, the media now has a lie to use as the reason for our shattered economy and out of control inflation. What a sad existence it must be to shill for Globalism & America Last politicians."

On February 24, Russian President Vladimir Putin announced what he called a "special military operation" into Ukraine, which the country's leaders quickly condemned as an invasion. Greene tweeted that day criticizing President Joe Biden for the invasion but also took aim at defense companies.

"Tragically, America's foreign policy strategy over the past 20 years has been more for corporate profit and not for America's security and our own national interest," she wrote.

"War is big business to our leaders," Greene went on. "From the defense manufacturers to buy/sell decisions on how war and rumors of war affect the market to the foreign countries that our corporations send our American jobs based on allies & enemies, it's all business."

Greene told Business Insider in a statement on Monday: "Our investment advisor has full discretionary authority over our accounts."

"We have owned this American company for years and this small investment was part of our overall investment strategy. This was purchased along with other companies like Clorox, Walgreens, and Caterpillar to name a few," she said.

Greene's disclosure, signed on Monday, shows stock purchases in a number of companies including Walgreens, Caterpillar, Advanced Micro Devices Inc. and the Chevron Corporation.

Democratic Representative Ilhan Omar of Minnesota's 5th district highlighted Greene's recent stock purchase, retweeting congresstrading.com, which tracks congressional stock trading.

"Add this to the list of why members of Congress should never be allowed to trade stocks," Omar said.

Newsweek has asked Marjorie Taylor Greene's office for comment.

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Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene (R-GA) answers questions in front of the House steps while House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy holds a press conference November 17, 2021 in Washington, DC. Greene purchased stock in defense contractor Lockheed Martin a day before criticizing "profitable" war. Win McNamee/Getty Images