We’ve learned a long time ago that Biden should never go off-script. When he does, Jen Psaki usually has to pull double-duty as press secretary to fix whatever he has said.
And as the Russia-Ukraine battle heats up, Biden thought it would be a good time to go off script – and he called for the end of Putin’s regime.
“For God’s sake, this man cannot remain in power.”
Yeah, that’s a big oops. Biden said this in reference to Vladimir Putin at the end of the big speech that he gave this past Sunday.
It’s as if the White House officials couldn’t scramble fast enough to fix what just came out of the president’s mouth. Biden basically just announced that it was time for a regime change in Russia – and the ramifications of such an announcement could be catastrophic to peace talks.
After all, how would Biden push for such a regime change? War, assassination – no one knows.
Administration officials did all that they could to say that the U.S. was not calling for any kind of regime change in Russia. Axios also reported that a “top official” confirmed that Biden’s final comment was not part of the speech that was prepared and visible on the teleprompter.
Biden should have known better than to say what he said. After all, this is the same guy who said that he knew just how important to words of a president are. In 2019, he spoke in Iowa to say that “You all know that the words of a president matters. They can move markets, they can send our brave women and men into war, they can bring peace, they can calm a nation in turmoil.”
He probably should have remembered that before he opened his mouth. His words may have accidentally dragged us into a war with Russia – or angered Russia even further than they already are.
Unfortunately, Biden’s latest comment isn’t even his only blunder as it pertains to Russia. His trip to Europe has been filled with sound bites that will come back to bite him in his rear.
At one point, he said that the U.S. would respond “in-kind” should Putin use chemical weapons. Oops. White House officials had to jump in to explain that the U.S. would NOT use chemical weapons. And, Biden suggested that troops were on their way to Ukraine – but that wasn’t entirely accurate, either.
Secretary of State Tony Blinken had to go on defense during a news conference in Jerusalem to say “We do not have a strategy of regime change in Russia or anywhere else, for that matter. In this case, as in any case, it’s up to the people of the country in question.”
Those in the U.S. aren’t the only ones to take note of what Biden said about a Russian regime change. French President Emmanuel Macron has warned that such comments could easily escalate the situation between Russia and the rest of the world. Such comments would “risk hampering vital humanitarian efforts.”
Biden should know by now that we’re trying to make things better, not worse.
Even the Kremlin has taken notice of Biden’s words. Dmitry Peskov, a spokesman for the Kremlin, has already heard of Biden’s “personal insults” at Putin, calling the Russian president a “war criminal.” As for removing Putin, Peskov says “It should only be a choice of the people of the Russian Federation.”
Can we please go ahead and use the 25th amendment to get Biden out of office? If he speaks out of turn again, we might end up inviting war onto American soil – and that’s the last thing we need now or ever.