Donald Trump accused the President of providing Vladimir Putin with an “incentive” to start a nuclear war following comments in which Biden called for regime change in Russia.
Biden made his initial comments at a speech in Warsaw on Saturday, prompting his administration to furiously walk back the ill-advised argument.
“For God’s sake, this man cannot remain in power,” Biden said in Poland.
A White House official promptly downplayed the comments saying Biden was simply referencing “power over his neighbors or the region” and “not discussing Putin’s power in Russia, or regime change.”
Former President Donald Trump, in an interview with Newsmax, suggested Biden’s comments were dangerous and could be seen as a catalyst to start a nuclear war.
“When you put him into a corner and you talk the way they’re talking – they’re talking weak – and they’re almost giving him an incentive,” surmised Trump after being asked if Putin could end up going nuclear.
“They’re handling him very badly, in my opinion,” he added.
Other prominent leaders appeared to echo those sentiments following Biden’s comments.
“I think we must do everything to avoid the situation getting out of hand,” said French President Emmanuel Macron, who added, “I wouldn’t use these kinds of words.”
Tobias Ellwood, the chairman of the Commons Defence Select Committee and member of the British Parliament, called Biden’s remarks “unwise” and warned they could prompt escalation.
Senator James Risch, the top Republican on the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, referred to Biden’s comments suggesting regime change as a “horrendous gaffe” and suggested he stick to the script going forward.
“He gave a good speech at the end, but as you pointed out already, there was a horrendous gaffe right at the end of it,” Risch said in an interview with CNN.
“I wish he would stay on script,” he added. “Whoever wrote that speech did a good job for him. But my gosh, I wish they would keep him on script.”
Maria Baronova, a prominent Russian journalist who quit her state-TV job early on during the invasion of Ukraine, has already expressed concerns that Putin is willing to go nuclear.
“The problem is, I know these people very well. They never send threats, they just kill, so there is kind of [a] weird silence around me, but I really think we’re on the brink of a nuclear war right now,” she said in an interview with Fox News Digital.
She added, “I’m not exaggerating.”
Putin, early on in the military invasion of Ukraine, ordered Russia’s “deterrence forces” – which wield nuclear weapons – on high alert.
He made that move due simply to “aggressive comments about our country.”
Biden’s unwise call for regime change is unlikely to deescalate the situation.
President Biden himself walked back the comments, insisting he was not, in fact, calling for regime change.
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