Biden Calls for More Sanctions on Putin: He’s a ‘War Criminal’
'I’m seeking more sanctions. Yes'
Joe Biden has called for more economic sanctions on Russian President Vladimir Putin and even a war crime trial as the invasion of Ukraine continues.
“I’m seeking more sanctions. Yes,” Biden said to reporters upon returning to Washington, DC, on Monday morning from a weekend at his home in Delaware.
Biden called for a war crimes trial against Putin, saying he was unfairly criticized when in March, he referred to the Russian president as a war criminal:
“He is a war criminal."
"But we have to gather the information."
"We have to gather all the details so this can be an actual — have a war crime trial,” Biden said.
Biden appeared to be deeply upset by new images of the violence, death, and destruction caused by Putin in Bucha, Ukraine.
“This guy is brutal, and what’s happening in Bucha is outrageous and everyone’s seen it,” he said angrily.
The president spent his thirty-first weekend as president at his home in Delaware last weekend and even played a round of golf on Sunday before returning to D.C.
When asked if he believed Putin’s actions are “genocide,” Biden replied:
“No, I think it is a war crime.”
Last month, Biden 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.