In between selecting a souvenir for Kamala and enjoying a waffle cone, President Joe Biden managed to make time to issue Putin a warning of “severe consequences” should Russia invade Ukraine.
The sweeping statements were delivered from a Capitol Hill gift shop, which was meant to mark the beginning of the President’s pledge to get out into the country more, despite being just a few minutes from the White House.
Given that many feel we are on the brink of war, and with the President facing tensions on multiple fronts, it came as a surprise yesterday, when Press Secretary Jen Psaki had difficulty explaining what Joe would be doing for the day.
“This morning I think he had some policy meetings, also a PDB meeting. He, later this afternoon, I think is doing some remarks review,” she told members of the media. “There’s some days that we spent some time doing internal meetings and discussions with policy experts, with policy leaders and that’s — that’s what’s happening today.”
Well… not so much.
If it’s above freezing, then it’s ice cream weather. pic.twitter.com/o8TOL05h3X
— President Biden (@POTUS) January 25, 2022
As Biden perused the souvenirs, he paused in front of a blue tote bag to tell the national media, and presumably, Putin, that there would be dire consequences should he invade Ukraine.
“There would be enormous consequences if he were to go in and invade, as he could,” said Biden. “If we were to move in with all those forces, it would be the largest invasion since World War II. It would change the world.”
“It would be severe consequences, including significant economic consequences,” he warned.
With 8,500 troops already on high alert, Biden also explained his preparations for sending U.S. troops to bolster NATO forces, if needed.
“I’d feel obliged to beef up our presence, NATO’s presence, on the eastern front,” Biden said. Russia has currently amassed more than 100,000 of its own troops on its western border and in Belarus.
“I may be moving some of those troops in the near term just because it takes time,” Biden said.
This comment follows one from Pentagon spokesperson Adm. John Kirby, who told CNN he would “not rule out the possibility that we could be putting additional forces on heightened alert in the coming days and weeks,” while perhaps “moving troops around Europe that are already there.”
“I’ve spoken with every one of our NATO allies,” Biden said. “We’re all on the same page.”
While he didn’t feel there was a lot of concern for the security of allies in Western Europe, he does feel Eastern Europe has reason to worry. “They’re along the Russian border, the Belarus border,” he said.
Biden’s photo-ready, clearly staged outing came after a new Harvard CAPS/Harris survey poll put his overall approval at a dismal 39 per cent.
If he thought eating ice cream and buying tchotchkes would endear him to an American public struggling under soaring inflation and oppressive mandates, he was sorely mistaken.
The outing did little more than stir outrage and fuel more criticism.
The President of the United States is tweeting about eating ice cream while western civilization is destroyed. https://t.co/8FldY9Q3sQ
— Christian Walker (@ChristianWalk1r) January 26, 2022
— Sebastian Gorka DrG (@SebGorka) January 26, 2022
Putin and Xi are laughing. https://t.co/6LejPYR4zm
— Sen. Marsha Blackburn (@MarshaBlackburn) January 26, 2022
But hey… at least Kamala has a new mug.
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