Biden’s comments on Putin, chemical weapons, and troops were retracted by the White House during his tour to Europe. During a speech in Poland, Biden stated that Putin “cannot stay in power.”
Saturday During President Biden’s trip to Europe, the White House was compelled to retract or explain a number of statements, including clarifying on Saturday that the president was not advocating for regime change in Moscow. Change of government? Biden appeared to advocate for Russian President Vladimir Putin’s removal from office on Saturday, saying that he “cannot stay in power.”
During his address in front of the Royal Castle in Warsaw, Poland, Biden remarked, “For God’s sake, this man cannot continue in power.” ‘Putin cannot continue in power,’ Biden adds, assuring Ukraine that ‘We stand with you.’
On Saturday, March 26, 2022, President Biden makes a speech in the Royal Castle in Warsaw, Poland. It looked to be in stark contrast to previous pronouncements from the White House, which have stressed that regime change in Russia is not a US priority.
“It’s not about regime change for us. The people of Russia must chose who they want to lead them “Secretary of State Antony Blinken remarked on CBS News earlier this month. Jen Psaki, the White House press secretary, also stated earlier this month: “We are not promoting the assassination of a foreign leader or regime change. The United States does not have such a policy.”
However, shortly after Biden’s speech, the White House denied that he was advocating for regime change. “Putin cannot be permitted to wield control over his neighbors or the area, according to the President. He wasn’t talking about Putin’s influence in Russia or the possibility of regime change “Shortly after the address, a White House official told Fox News Digital.
“It isn’t about changing the regime for us. The Russian people must choose their leader “On CBS News earlier this month, Secretary of State Antony Blinken stated. In addition, earlier this month, White House press secretary Jen Psaki stated: “We are not encouraging the assassination or overthrow of a foreign leader. The United States has no such policy.”
The White House quickly denied that Biden was advocating for regime change following his speech. “Putin cannot be permitted to wield control over his neighbors or the area, according to the President. He wasn’t talking about Putin’s authority or regime change in Russia “Immediately after the address ended, a White House official informed Fox News Digital.
“The President has been clear that we are not deploying US soldiers to Ukraine, and that view has not changed,” a White House spokeswoman subsequently stated. Chemical weapons are met with a ‘in kind’ retaliation. On Thursday, Biden was asked how the United States would react if Russia used chemical weapons in its invasion of Ukraine.
According to Biden, such an action by the Russians would “prompt a retaliatory response.” It was up to National Security Adviser Jake Sullivan to clarify after that comment. When Sullivan was questioned what Biden meant by “in kind,” he said that he didn’t know.
According to Sullivan, this means “we’ll respond appropriately” and that Russia will pay a “heavy price.” “Based on the nature of Russia’s activity, we will gather the shape and type of our reaction,” Sullivan added. “And we’ll accomplish it with the help of our allies.”
“And I won’t go any farther than that,” Sullivan said, “except to say that the United States has no intention of utilizing chemical weapons, period, under any circumstances.” “I will simply say, with respect to any deployment of weapons of mass destruction — nuclear, chemical, biological — Russia would pay a serious price,” Sullivan said when pressed further.
Biden administration officials had discussed the problem with friends and allies, according to Sullivan, and had performed “internal contingency planning.” “We’ve had direct contact with the Russians,” he said, “and I’m not going to talk about it any further here.”
A group of refugee women and children gathered around Biden at the stadium, telling him about their ordeals, pleading with him to pray for their male relatives in Ukraine, and thanking him for his assistance. Biden hugged a mother who was crying and scooped up a small child dressed in pink winter clothing for a photo. Before making it to Poland, the girl’s mother informed Biden about her daughter and child hiding in a cellar.
After speaking with the refugees, Biden stated, “I’m constantly astounded by the depth and power of the human heart.” “They’re a fantastic bunch of folks.” Biden seemed suspicious when asked about allegations of a shift in Russian policy by a journalist. He answered, “I’m not sure they have.”
A Russian commander stated on Friday that his country’s forces are focussing on the “full liberation” of Ukraine’s rebel Donbas area, rather than a national offensive. When questioned about Russian President Vladimir Putin’s activities in Ukraine, Biden was forthright. “He’s a butcher,” Biden declared.
Throughout Biden’s two days in Poland, the refugee issue has been a constant presence. Biden’s motorcade passed by the Warsaw train station on its way to a meeting with Poland’s president on Saturday, where a constant stream of newly arrived migrants waited up for food and basic necessities like toilet paper, as well as assistance with housing and transportation.
While Poland has welcomed the refugees with open arms, and signs of support for Ukraine can be found throughout the city, Polish officials, including the mayor of Warsaw, whom Biden met with on Saturday, have said they are being pushed to the breaking point in trying to help the more than 2 million refugees who have flooded into the country in just a few weeks.