This is a very bad look.
Peter Doocy, a Fox News White House correspondent, asked the President directly about some of his controversial statements about Putin.
President Biden had in hand a “cheat sheet” of pre-prepared answers that would tackle some of the key questions that would be brought up during the briefing on Monday. The question that Doocy asked concerned some of Biden’s remarks on Saturday which pointed toward the President claiming he is in support of a potential regime change in Russia.
In fact, several reporters asked the president to comment on his phrase, “For God’s sake, this man cannot remain in power,” which he openly made at the end of his Saturday speech in front of the Royal Castle in Warsaw, Poland.
Biden said that he would not be “walking back” his comments and that he wanted to clearly separate his personal wish that President Vladimir Putin would not be the one leading Russia and not an official policy seeking to remove him.
“I was expressing my outrage at the behavior of this man,” Biden said and he further added that his comments were “more an aspiration than anything.”
“If you weren’t advocating for regime change, what did you mean? Can you clarify?” The most anticipated question was asked.
Biden read his prepared response “I was expressing the moral outrage I felt toward the actions of this man,” adding, “I was not advocating a change in policy.”
Among his cue cards was also one that had an answer to a question about NATO to which Biden replied, No. NATO has never been more united.”
“Are you worried that other leaders in the world are going to start to doubt that America is back if some of these big things that you say on the world stage keep getting walked back?” Doocy asked. He further added, “Just in the last couple days, it sounded like you told U.S. troops they were going to Ukraine; it sounded like you said it was possible the U.S. would use a chemical weapon; and it sounded like you were calling for regime change in Russia.”
Biden’s response was simple, “None of the three occurred,” adding, “None of the three. You interpret the language that way.”