US President Joe Biden said he stood by his statement over the weekend that he believed Russian President Vladimir Putin “cannot stay in power”.
Bidens explains that the statement should be viewed in light of the fact that he expressed his “personal outrage.”
– I don’t back down at all. I want to be clear that I am not then, and not now, expressing a new political direction. “I expressed my moral outrage, and I don’t apologize for what I said,” the US president said at a White House news conference on Monday.
It was Saturday night when Biden gave his fiery speech in Warsaw, Poland. Then US President Vladimir Putin called a dictator, and in a meeting with Ukrainian refugees and Polish volunteers before the speech, he called Putin a “butcher.”
And at the end of the speech, Joe Biden may have deviated from his exact text.
– For God’s sake, this man should not remain in power.
The Kremlin addressed the president’s comments directly, and Putin’s spokesman Dmitry Peskov said they harm relations between the two countries.
The White House Press Department and US Secretary of State Anthony Blinken were fully involved in Biden’s subtle initiative, which was said to be related to Russian interference in the region.
The leading Republican, James Risch on the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, thought the speech was generally good, but urged Biden to “stick to the text.”