Joe Biden’s inability to convey a cogent thought about anything has put the United States into some serious hot water.
During a two hour-long press conference, Biden discussed a series of issues from a pre-planned list of questions and reporters. One moment of the press conference, however, seriously jeopardized America’s geopolitical standing.
Despite previous threatening remarks against Putin, Biden appeared to give up the idea of stopping the Russian President from invading Ukraine, telling reporters that “he will move in, he has to do something.”
Speaking about the tense situation with Russia and Ukraine, US President Joe Biden says he believes Vladimir Putin isn't "certain what he's going to do" but "my guess is he will move in" https://t.co/sDHgprh3U0 pic.twitter.com/CYZ1lYVSct
— BBC News (World) (@BBCWorld) January 19, 2022
Biden has ruled out using troops to stop a potential invasion into Ukraine, but his statements on Wednesday (whether intentional or not) portray a softening for the plight of Russia. Conversely, Donald Trump would be considered a traitor if he even came close to making this statement.
But Biden seemed to concede that Russia might invade, and that the U.S. reaction might depend on whether it was a “minor incursion” or something more significant.
Say What: #JoeBiden on #Russia #invading #Ukraine: "It depends on what it does. It's one thing if it's a #minor #incursion…" #BidenIsAFailure #BidenWorstPresidentEver #BidenFailibgAmerica #BidenFailure pic.twitter.com/r77c8nmqsS
— Sn00pster 🎙️ (@sn00pdad) January 19, 2022
Biden reiterated his thoughts that he did not think Putin wanted a “full-blown war,” but that he thought Putin would “test the West, test the United States and NATO,” though he would “pay a serious and dear price” and would “regret” having invaded Ukraine.
Later, Biden was asked whether his apparent willingness to tolerate a “minor incursion” meant that sanctions would not be imposed. He was equivocal, saying “it depends” on what Putin did, and whether NATO could be united around a response.
Asked again whether he thought Russia would invade, Biden said it was “totally, solely, completely a Putin decision.” He then speculated on whether Putin might one day attempt a larger-scale invasion of Ukraine. “I believe he’s calculating.”
Biden’s comments were widely interpreted as giving a green light to Putin.
Source close to Zelensky admin on Biden’s Russia/Ukraine remarks: “The fallout [in Kyiv] will be nuclear.”
— Alex Ward (@alexbward) January 19, 2022
CNN: Kyiv officials “shocked” and “stunned” by Biden’s statement on a potential Russian invasion. Great work, Mr. President.
— Abe Greenwald (@AbeGreenwald) January 19, 2022
Meanwhile, Jen Psaki rushed to clarify Biden’s press conference statements on the likelihood of a Russian invasion and exactly what the United States response would look like.
Biden said that a “minor incursion” into Ukraine would be fine. (He told the truth)
Jen Psaki says, no, & threatens a “swift” & “severe” response.
So with whom does sovereignty lie when a dottering President accidentally tells the truth & the Press Sec contradicts him? pic.twitter.com/oyHLyLSkNO
— Chris Buskirk (@thechrisbuskirk) January 20, 2022
This highlights a growing divide between Biden’s words and the actions taken by his White House handlers to correct them.
Author: Asa McCue