How incredibly demoralizing it is to witness both the United States President and his Vice President make opposite claims about a response to an aggressive military invasion into a NATO-allied country.
Demoralizing not just for Ukraine and other NATO allies, but for people of the United States, who voted this disastrous administration into office.
Well, some did, but they stole the election anyway.
On Thursday, Joe Biden appeared before the country after Russian President Vladimir Putin ordered a military invasion into isolated areas of Ukraine. He surprisingly took questions from reporters after addressing the U.S. response to Putin’s attack. More sanctions, Biden claimed, would hopefully prevent the invasion from worsening though he admitted they won’t be leveled at Putin himself or Russian oil. Doing so, according to Biden, would have severe and negative effects on gas prices in America.
…not if the United States were energy independent!
However, it seems that Biden doesn’t have too much hope for these sanctions. When asked about the efficacy of his sanctions, the Sleepy President said, “No one expected [the sanctions] to prevent anything,” referring to an invasion.
…so why level them?
Biden’s pessimism comes just days after Kamala emphatically claimed that Russian sanctions would “absolutely” deter Russia from invading Ukraine.
BIDEN, TODAY: "No one expected the sanctions to prevent anything from happening."
HARRIS, SUNDAY: "The purpose of the sanctions has always been and continues to be deterrence." pic.twitter.com/gIhTmRpXJb
— RNC Research (@RNCResearch) February 24, 2022
Turns out Kamala was wrong again.
On Wednesday, Vladimir Putin ordered a “special operation” into Ukraine that has resulted in ongoing heavy military clashes between the two countries and the Russian seizure of the Chernobyl nuclear power plant.
This surely wasn’t the first instance of the Biden administration being deliberately evasive about the Russian sanctions.
Last week, national security adviser Jake Sullivan said Biden thought sanctions were actually meant to “deter” Russian aggression, contradicting Biden’s Thursday statement. “The President believes that sanctions are intended to deter,” he claimed:
On Feb. 11, Jake Sullivan, the national security adviser, said that “the President believes that sanctions are intended to deter.”
Today, @potus told us: “No one expected the sanctions to prevent anything from happening."
Those are basically the opposite of each other.
— Michael D. Shear (@shearm) February 24, 2022
The White House’s conflicting messaging comes after Biden said in January that if Russia invades, it will be held accountable.
“And it depends on what it does. It’s one thing if it’s a minor incursion and then we end up having a fight about what to do and not do,” Biden said during a press conference.
During Thursday’s press conference, Biden announced new sanctions on Russia, but none that target Vladimir Putin personally or the lucrative Russian energy industry. Biden refused to answer why he chose not to sanction Putin directly. Biden ignored the question multiple times, opting to answer questions from other reporters.
Doocy asks Biden if he underestimated Putin pic.twitter.com/NKZpYuI9h0
— The Post Millennial (@TPostMillennial) February 24, 2022
Former Donald Trump criticized Biden’s sanctions on Tuesday as “weak” and “insignificant.”
NEW FROM 45:
“If properly handled, there was absolutely no reason that the situation currently happening in Ukraine should have happened at all. I know Vladimir Putin very well, and he would have never done during the Trump Administration what he is doing now…” pic.twitter.com/CPWjgioeZO
— Margo Martin (@margommartin) February 22, 2022
Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky has also repeatedly criticized the lack of sanctions against Russia in the face of evidence that Putin would soon attack.
The Biden administration is either being intentionally misleading on the efficacy of Russian sanctions solely for the purpose of blaming massive inflation on the Ukraine conflict, or they are really just that out of synch with each other.
Knowing the Democrats and how badly they’re poised to do come November, it’s highly likely they’re desperate for a scapegoat to blame for Biden’s depleted economy.
Author: Asa McCue