U.S. President Joe Biden proves his rival Donald Trump right in many ways. Biden’s latest outbursts on Putin has earned him censure from his allies, the European Union.
While visiting Ukrainian refugees in Poland, Biden spoke insultingly about Putin, and he claimed that Putin “cannot remain in power.” Then he used the phrase “He is a butcher” for Putin.
The Kremlin said that it was strange to hear harsh words from Biden, who called for the bombing of Yugoslavia and killing people. Kremlin sources say it further narrows the window of opportunity for establishing relations between the Russian Federation and the United States. Western leaders also feel the heat as they find it challenging to access Kremlin.
E.U. leaders ask Biden to shut up
French President Emmanuel Macron, who once called on Vladimir Putin to not lie to himself, called on Western politicians not to offend Russian leader Vladimir Putin and not to contribute to escalating the situation around Ukraine, reported Agence France-Presse on Sunday 27 March.
Macron spoke about the phrase ‘butcher’ U.S. President Joe Biden addressed to the Russian leader and noted that he himself “would never use” such words.
The French leader added that he plans to speak with the Russian president “tomorrow or the day after tomorrow.” It will be about the evacuation of the inhabitants of Mariupol.
In a damage control mode, German Chancellor Olaf Scholz assured that NATO is not pursuing the goal of changing political power in Russia, which he spoke about on Sunday, 27 March, on the air of the Anne Will program of the ARD TV channel.
Biden is criticised at home too
According to a congressman, Biden is engaged in populism and provokes Moscow instead of a constructive policy, referring to Biden’s comment that Putin “should not remain in power.”
“These words became a very provocative signal for Putin. We were so worried about not provoking him that we could not even send MiGs to Ukraine. These words, I would say, are even more provocative than sending MiGs,” the politician said on CNN.
It is not the first time that the 79-year-old Biden has spoken harshly about Putin. During a 16 March interview with reporters, he answered a question from a Fox News correspondent whether he was ready to call Putin a war criminal. At first, the U.S. president answered in the negative and left but later returned, asked the question again and changed his answer to yes. This earned him ire from Moscow.
Another of Biden’s gaffes is when he offered to send U.S. soldiers to Ukraine.
Biden also blundered by telling the U.S. servicemen in Poland that they would see for themselves the resistance in Ukraine. He claimed that some service members had already seen it in Ukraine.
Biden denies he called for regime change in Russia
U.S. President Joe Biden said he did not call for a change of power in Russia.
“No,” Biden told reporters in response to a related question.
The White House also clarified that Biden did not mean a change of power in Russia.
Russian Presidential press secretary Dmitry Peskov, commenting on Biden’s statement, said that it is not for the American leader to decide who will be in power in Russia; the Russians choose the head of state.
U.S. public opinion on Biden is low
More than half of Americans believe that the country will begin a long-term recession, which will lead to the loss of America’s leading position in the world, according to an NBC News poll.
Respondents were asked whether they see the current situation in the U.S. as a “difficult period” or “the start of a long-term decline in which the U.S. will no longer hold a leading position in the world.” As follows from the published results, 53% of survey participants answered that the current situation is “the beginning of a long-term decline”, 44% called what is happening a “difficult period.” In December last year, 48% of respondents expressed the expectation of a prolonged decline. In November, this figure was 54%, the study says.
The survey was conducted from 18 March to 22 March among one thousand respondents; 750 of them answered using a mobile phone, the error is 3.1-3.49%.
Americans were asked what their level of confidence is in the ability of U.S. President Joe Biden to respond to the situation around Ukraine correctly. Only 12% are entirely confident in the head of administration, 27% are optimistic to a small extent, 44% have a minimal share of confidence.
Biden’s approval rating has fallen to 40%, with 55% disapproving of the U.S. president’s actions completely, the poll says.