President Biden has been saying embarrassing things for decades, but his latest gaffes about the Russia-Ukraine war could have nuclear implications.
Is Biden capable of leading the Free World?
WHAT HE SAID
During a White House press conference Monday, Biden denied that the White House had “walked back” three comments he made during his trip to Europe last week to rally NATO against Russia.
- In reality, the White House was forced to clean up all three comments in question along with others.
1. Russian President Vladimir Putin must fall from power, Biden said Saturday at the end of a speech in Warsaw about Russia’s invasion of Ukraine.
BREAKING: After Biden said Putin "cannot remain in power," the White House walks back remarks.
"The President’s point was that Putin cannot be allowed to exercise power over his neighbors or the region. He was not discussing Putin’s power in Russia or regime change." pic.twitter.com/wrRxAdfmFa
— Breaking911 (@Breaking911) March 26, 2022
THE WHITE HOUSE: “The President’s point was that Putin cannot be allowed to exercise power over his neighbors or the region. He was not discussing Putin’s power in Russia, or regime change,” an unnamed official said in a statement issued hours after the speech and echoed by other administration officials.
- “I’m not walking anything back. The fact of the matter is, I was expressing the moral outrage I felt toward the way Putin is dealing and the actions of this man, which is just brutality,” Biden elaborated to reporters Monday.
2. American troops are being deployed to Ukraine, Biden suggested in remarks Friday to U.S. paratroopers stationed in Poland.
Biden tells the 82nd Airborne they're going to Ukraine:
"You’re going to see when you’re there, you’re going to see women, young people standing in the middle, in the front of a damn tank saying 'I’m not leaving.'" pic.twitter.com/M2nu77yUw7
— RNC Research (@RNCResearch) March 25, 2022
THE WHITE HOUSE: “The president has been clear we are not sending U.S. troops to Ukraine and there is no change in that position,” a spokesman anonymously told the New York Post.
- At Monday’s press conference, Biden again contradicted his administration, saying: “I was referring to being with, and talking with, the Ukrainian troops that are in Poland.”
- Biden’s apparent revelation that the U.S. is training Ukrainian forces in Poland was confirmed to Politico by a “senior administration official.”
3. The U.S. will use chemical weapons if Russia does first, Biden seemed to say Thursday during a press conference in Brussels.
Asked by @CeciliaVega if the use of chemical weapons in Ukraine would trigger a military response from NATO, Pres. Biden says: "It would trigger a response in kind."https://t.co/XFaQ3wJP6k pic.twitter.com/QjE2wSD3oO
— ABC News (@ABC) March 24, 2022
THE WHITE HOUSE: Biden only meant “we’ll respond accordingly” and that Russia would pay a “severe price” for using chemical weapons in Ukraine, White House national security adviser Jake Sullivan clarified Friday during a White House press conference.
4. Sanctions don’t work, Biden also said in Brussels.
Today Biden again said that sanctions would not “deter” Putin from invading Ukraine.
His administration said the EXACT OPPOSITE for weeks.
ROLL THE TAPE! pic.twitter.com/C4ffAnEz3d
— RNC Research (@RNCResearch) March 24, 2022
THE WHITE HOUSE: “We said all along that if Putin was willing to bear the cost of crippling his economy, weakening Russia’s strategic position and isolating himself from the world, that was a choice he could make,” a “White House spokesperson” told Politico the next day.
- Biden administration officials had repeatedly said sanctions against Russia could work against Putin.
THE LAST WORD
“These are often written off as a gaffe,” Fox News host Tucker Carlson said on his show Monday, referring to Biden’s latest comments.
- “No, a gaffe is when you mispronounce somebody’s name. Telling troops you’re going to be sent to Ukraine, pledging the United States is going to use chemical weapons? These are not gaffes, these are something else. They’re dangerous, that’s for sure.”