Joe Biden Walks Back Comments Calling for a ‘Regime Change’ in Russia
'For God’s sake, this man cannot remain in power'
President Joe Biden has backtracked on his remarks in a recent speech calling for Russian President Vladimir Putin to be removed from office.
Reporters shouted a question to Biden about his speech as he attended church Sunday evening in Washington, DC.
“Mr. President, do you want Putin removed? Mr. President, were you calling for regime change?” a reporter shouted.
“No,” Biden replied before entering his presidential limousine and motorcade back to the White House.
Biden’s response is the first time he personally addressed his comment, saying Putin “cannot remain in power.”
“For God’s sake, this man cannot remain in power,” Biden said at the conclusion of his speech in Warsaw, Poland, about the effort to punish Russia for escalating their war in Ukraine.
Biden’s apparent call for regime change was not part of his speech and was not on the teleprompter.
French President Emanuel Macron warned the west not to escalate the rhetoric with Putin amid efforts to deescalate the war.
🚨President Biden ended his speech seeming to call for regime change in Russia: “For Gods sake, this man cannot remain in power!”— Jacqui Heinrich (@JacquiHeinrich) March 26, 2022
Immediately after, a WH official walks that back. “He was not discussing Putin’s power in Russia, or regime change.” pic.twitter.com/kFCJGacwNH
“If this is what we want to do, we should not escalate things — neither with words nor actions,” he said, explaining he would not use similar words as Biden.
As Neon Nettle reported:
The White House was forced to do damage control again following highly problematic remarks made by Biden.
Biden said on Saturday at the Royal Castle in Warsaw:
“A dictator bent on rebuilding an empire, will never erase the people’s love for liberty.”
“Ukraine will never be a victory for Russia, for free people refuse to live in a world of hopelessness and darkness.”
“For God’s sake, this man cannot remain in power.”
The White House had to quickly clean up Biden’s remarks after they were widely interpreted as him calling for regime change in Russia.
“The president’s point was that Putin cannot be allowed to exercise power over his neighbors or the region,” a White House official said.
“He was not discussing Putin’s power in Russia, or regime change.”