Biden Snaps at Reporter over Question about Putin: 'You’re Playing a Game with Me'
Democrat appeared angered when taking question during NATO summit in Europe
Democrat Joe Biden snapped during a press conference in Europe over a question about the U.S. sanctions against Russia, telling the reporter, "you're playing a game with me."
While speaking with the press from the NATO summit in Europe, Biden appeared angered when questioned on how he plans to "deter" Russian President Vladimir Putin.
Biden claimed that “sanctions never deter” when pressed on why his sanctions failed to stop Putin from invading Ukraine.
He then also claimed that he never said that sanctions would deter Putin, even though his administration, including his own vice president, has stated in the past that “the purpose of the sanctions has always been and continues to be deterrence.”
"Sir, deterrence didn’t work,” CBS News reporter Eena Ruffini said.
"What makes you think Vladimir Putin will alter course based on the action you’ve taken today?”
"Let’s get something straight,” Biden fired back.
"Do you remember, if you covered me from the very beginning, I did not say that, in fact, the sanctions would deter him?
"Sanctions never deter.
"You keep talking about that.
"Sanctions never deter.
"The maintenance of sanctions, the maintenance of sanctions, the increasing the pain, and the demonstration why I asked for this NATO meeting today is to be sure that after a month, we will sustain what we’re doing, not just next month, the following month, but for the remainder of this entire year.
"That’s what will stop him.”
"You believe the actions today will have an impact on making Russia change course in Ukraine?” the reporter pressed.
"That’s not what I said," Biden blasted back.
"You’re playing a game with me,” Biden claimed.
"I know... The answer is no.
"I think what happens is we have to demonstrate — the purpose, the single most important thing is for us to stay unified, and the world continue to focus on what a brute this guy is.
"And all the innocent people’s lives that are being lost and ruined, and what’s going on.
"That’s the important thing.
"But look, if you’re Putin, and you think that Europe is going to crack in a month, or six weeks, or two months.
"Why not, they can take anything for another month.
"But we have to demonstrate.
"The reason I asked for the meeting, we have to stay fully, totally, thoroughly united.”
WATCH: Joe Biden SNAPS at reporter's question about effectiveness of sanctions and deterrence on Putin— TV News Now (@TVNewsNow) March 24, 2022
CBS's @EenaRuffini: “Sir deterrence didn’t work”
Biden: “Let’s get something straight. I did not say sanctions would deter him. Sanctions never deter...“ pic.twitter.com/RRh6sf4uSt