Not a day goes by when President Joe Biden doesn’t make a mess out of something. This time, he’s sending in fellow disaster Vice President Kamala Harris to set the record straight.
Harris said that Biden did not advocate for regime change for Russian President Vladimir Putin despite his comments last week, The Hill reported. The vice president made this claim on MSNBC’s “The ReidOut.”
The trouble began when Biden made an impassioned speech in Warsaw, Poland, about the ongoing conflict between Ukraine and Russia. “Ukraine will never be a victory for Russia, for free people refuse to live in a world of hopelessness and darkness,” Biden said.
“We will have a different future, a brighter future, rooted in democracy and principles, hope and light, of decency and dignity, of freedom, and possibilities,” Biden said. “For God’s sake, this man cannot remain in power.”
Almost immediately, the White House was forced to go into damage control mode with such a statement. “Let me be very clear. We are not into regime change. And that is not our policy. Period,” Harris said to the hostess Joy Reid.
“Our policy from the beginning has been about ensuring that there are going to be real costs exacted against Russia in the form of severe sanctions, which we know are having a real impact and an immediate impact, not to mention the longer-term impact, which is about saying there’s going to be consequence and accountability when you commit the kinds of atrocities that he is committing,” Harris said. Others in the administration were also there for the cleanup.
“I think the president, the White House, made the point last night that, quite simply, President Putin cannot be empowered to wage war or engage in aggression against Ukraine or anyone else,” Secretary of State Antony Blinken also said. It didn’t help that Biden had also called Putin a “war criminal” in earlier statements.
Biden was never the most gifted politician, but age has made him especially sloppy and unpredictable. The best that the administration can hope for is that Harris is at least a slight improvement.