Biden supports Putin's comments, saying he expresses moral outrage

WASHINGTON — President Biden on Monday stood by his comment that Vladimir V. Putin should not remain president of Russia, but said it wa...


WASHINGTON — President Biden on Monday stood by his comment that Vladimir V. Putin should not remain president of Russia, but said it was a personal expression of outrage and not a change in the US policy to remove Mr. Putin from office.

“I was expressing the moral outrage I felt towards this man,” Mr Biden told reporters, dismissing criticism that he misspoke. He said no one should have interpreted his comments as calling for Mr Putin’s ouster.

“It’s ridiculous,” he said, clearly angered by questions posed at an event where he unveiled his 2023 budget. “Nobody believes I was talking about bringing down Putin. Nobody believes that.

“I was expressing my outrage that he’s not staying in power,” he said, “just like you know bad people shouldn’t keep doing bad things.”

The president’s remarks came two days after he said during a speech in Warsaw: ‘For the love of God, this man cannot stay in power’, an off-the-cuff comment at the end of his three-day diplomatic blitz in Europe.

It took just minutes for the White House to back away from Mr Biden’s comments in Warsaw that evening. Journalists had just loaded buses after his speech when an administration official sent an email denying that the president was officially advocating Mr Putin’s removal.

On Sunday, Secretary of State Antony J. Blinken told reporters in Jerusalem that “we don’t have a regime change strategy in Russia or anywhere else, for that matter.”

Dmitry S. Peskov, the Kremlin spokesman, said the Kremlin would “continue to closely monitor” any statements made by Biden.

In his first in-depth comments on the matter, Mr Biden insisted on Monday that he had not “backtracked” on his comment.

“The last thing I want to do is engage in ground war or nuclear war with Russia,” Biden said. “I was expressing my outrage at the behavior of this man. It’s outrageous. It’s outrageous. It’s more of an aspiration than anything. He shouldn’t be in power. People like that shouldn’t be running countries, but the fact that they do this does not mean that I cannot express my outrage.

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