On his “can’t stay in power” remark about Vladimir Putin, Joe Biden said he was not clarifying a policy change but was expressing the moral outrage he feels.
US President Joe Biden in a keynote speech on Monday refused to go back on his weekend’s announcement that Russian leader Vladimir Putin “cannot stay in power” – arguing that he was voicing personal “outrage”.
“I’m not following anything behind… I want to make it clear, I was not then, nor am I now, speaking of a policy change. I was expressing the moral outrage I feel – I make no apologies for my personal feelings,” he told reporters at the White House.
Biden’s remarks – delivered in Warsaw at the end of three days of marathon diplomacy on Saturday – were seen by Republicans and some independent analysts as a mistake relating to a president going off-script when dealing with such a fiery conflict. went.
Biden said he was not worried it would escalate tensions with Putin over Moscow’s invasion of Ukraine, adding that he was “talking to the Russian people, telling them what we thought.”
“I don’t care what he thinks,” Biden said. “This is the guy who goes to the beat of his own drummer and the idea that he’s going to do something outrageous because I called him what it was and what he’s doing, I don’t think is logical. “
Ukraine’s government says more than 10,000 people have been killed since the start of Putin’s invasion more than a month ago.
Russian attacks near Kyiv have cut power to more than 80,000 homes, despite Moscow’s apparent return to the war to focus on eastern Ukraine.
Biden left the door open for further diplomacy with Putin, however, adding that a US settlement for a meeting “will depend on what he wants to talk about.”
“The question is whether there is anything to be met on this that would justify ending this war and being able to rebuild Ukraine,” Biden told reporters.
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