Biden held his first Presidential Press Conference in months on the eve of the anniversary of his inauguration. It was a chance for the media to ask him questions on his failings domestically, like the border, inflation, real wages dropping, and skyrocketing energy prices.
Instead, the press spent the first ten, or so journalists asking questions about the growing conflict between Ukraine and Russia and what America’s involvement will look like. Critics believe Hunter Biden’s business dealings with Ukrainian oligarchs make keeping the peace more difficult for his father.
While answering one of the questions, Biden told the press he believes that it isn’t a matter of if but when Russia invades Ukraine. His planned response from America comes in the form of significant economic sanctions. However, Biden clarified that Russia would only receive these sanctions if Russia committed a full invasion. “A minor incursion” by the Russians is less extreme to Biden.
Reminder: Trump was impeached over a potential delay in a future aid budget to Ukraine. Biden just invited Russia to invade Ukraine.
— Joel Pollak (@joelpollak) January 20, 2022
“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 said. “But if they actually do what they’re capable of doing with the forces amassed on the border, it is going to be a disaster for Russia if they further invade Ukraine.”
When asked to clarify “minor incursion,” Biden responded, “Russian forces crossing the border, killing Ukrainian fighters.”
CNN claims a Ukrainian official spoke anonymously on Biden’s comments, saying this “changes everything.”
“This gives the green light to Putin to enter Ukraine at his pleasure,” said the Ukrainian official. “Kyiv is stunned.”
Chief White House correspondent for The New York Times, Peter Baker, echoed these statements. “Biden’s comments suggesting that a “minor incursion” of Ukraine might not draw as vigorous a response as a full-scale invasion will trigger a lot of angst in the region, particularly in Kyiv,” Baker said.
In a statement released after Biden’s press conference last night, Jen Psaki tried to clean up Biden’s gaffe (which will likely cause an international incident). Psaki said that Biden “has been clear with the Russian President: If any Russian military forces move across the Ukrainian border, that’s a renewed invasion, and it will be met with a swift, severe, and united response from the United States and our Allies.”
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