Boy, are Democrats having a day! Joe Biden’s press conference last night was an unmitigated disaster. Critics are slamming just about everything he said. But perhaps worst were his comments on Russia.
It’s no secret that Russia is trying to harass the sovereign nation of Ukraine. They’ve even amassed troops along the border, preparing what some fear could be an invasion.
Anything an American president might say right now could end hostilities or trigger conflict. The issue of Ukraine came up during Biden’s presser. I’m sure his handlers thought his comments were supposed to show strength against Putin. Instead, Biden dropped a bomb that might end up being a green light to war.
From Daily Wire:
“It’s one thing if it’s a minor incursion and we end up having to fight about what to do and not do,” Biden told reporters regarding what Russia might do…
When asked later to clarify what he meant by “minor incursion,” Biden said he drew the line at “Russian forces crossing the border, killing Ukrainian fighters,” CNN reported.
Minor incurstion? This is pretty bad. It seems Biden is willing to let Putin do whatever he wants short of an full-on invasion. Republican leaders were not okay with this.
The remarks were widely seen as undercutting U.S. diplomacy that has tried to stave off any Russian incursion into Ukraine — “minor” or not…
Sen. Ted Cruz (R-TX), whose bill to punish Putin with sanctions failed due to Democrat opposition, said Biden’s answers on Ukraine were “incoherent and catastrophic.” […]
“Most worryingly, he defined down what counts as an ‘invasion’ and called into question whether we’d forcefully respond, which will be read in far too many places as greenlighting an invasion,” he said.
Joe Biden’s comments on Russia’s hostility toward Ukraine are being called his worst foreign policy decision since his deadly Afghanistan withdrawal. His comments did not show the U.S. was ready to defend our ally against Russia. Instead, it appears as if he was giving Putin the green light, as long as he wasn’t going to send “soldiers” into the foreign land.
The phrase “minor incursion” was especially troubling. Russia has more options for attacking Ukraine than just soldiers. They can use cyberattacks, block roads, and disrupt trade moving into Ukraine. Just the fact that Biden suggested he’d tolerate an “incursion,” minor or otherwise, was slammed by critics.
His comments were so bad, White House press secretary Jen Psaki had to do damage control. She released one of several statements hoping to clarify. Once again, she is trying to backtrack something Joe said.
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White House press secretary Jen Psaki issued a statement Wednesday evening in an attempt to undo the damage caused by President Joe Biden’s weak statements on Ukraine and Russia at a press conference just moments before in the White House.
She tried to project the kind of strength Joe should have during his conference. But a quickly written statement does not carry the same weight as something that comes right out of Biden’s mouth. His handlers should have done a much better job of controlling what Sleepy Joe was going to say.
Biden came out later that day to say that the U.S. is ready to take strong action against any Russian activity, but it may be too little, too late. Putin is a master poker player, and he just got Biden to admit to the world that Joe will hesitate and let Russia do what it wants.