Biden repeats attack on ‘isolated’ Putin
President Joe Biden continued his attacks on Russian President Vladimir Putin on Wednesday – lambasting his ‘unprovoked’ attack on Ukraine and invoking January 6 as he said Putin had failed in his effort to divide ‘states -United “.
“Vladimir Putin counted on being able to divide the United States,” Biden said in a speech in Superior, Wisconsin.
“Listen, how would you feel if you saw mobs storming and breaking down the doors of the British Parliament and killing five cops, injuring 145?” Or the German Bundestag or the Italian Parliament? He asked.
“I think you would ask yourself the question. Well, that’s what the rest of the world saw. It’s not who we are. And now we are proving under pressure that we are not that country. We are united. And folks, that’s how we were able to make sure we kept Europe united and the free world united.
Biden appeared to be speaking extemporaneously at the end of his remarks, having already criticized Putin earlier.
President Joe Biden ripped Russian President Vladimir Putin again in a speech on Wednesday where he invoked January 6
He did so after failing to mention Jan. 6 during his State of the Union address, even though the topic loomed large over his last address to Congress.
He came at the end of a speech in the heart of the country where he extolled the diversity of his administration, which he shaped to “look like America”.
He also said he had more women than men – although he failed to mention his historic Supreme Court nominee, Ketanji Brown Jackson.
It was his second swipe at Putin on Wednesday, having dedicated the head of his State of the Union address to Ukraine.
Biden made the comments in Wisconsin, after he used his State of the Union address to praise Ukraine’s resistance to the Russian invasion – and received rare applause from Republicans and Democrats alike .
“We, the United States of America, stand with the people of Ukraine. We stand with them,’ Biden said in a speech at the University of Wisconsin-Superior, just across the street from Duluth.
“Vladimir Putin’s latest attack on Ukraine was premeditated and unprovoked,” Biden said.
Biden and First Lady Jill Biden masked up as they approached the podium. The White House said he was in a high covid prevalence area. He took off the mask for his remarks – a night after being happy with unmasked lawmakers who took a covid test at the Capitol
“He rejected repeated efforts at diplomacy,” Biden said.
“He thought the West and NATO would not respond. He thought they could divide us at home, and he was wrong,’ Biden said, echoing comments from his Tuesday night primetime speech.
“Putin is now more isolated from the world than ever – and we will continue to help the people of Ukraine,” Biden promised, on a day when the United Nations General Assembly held a lopsided vote to condemn Russia’s actions.
“When this is over, Ukraine will have left Russia weaker and the rest of the world stronger,” Biden said.
Biden and First Lady Jill Biden masked up as they approached the podium for the event. The White House said he was in a high covid prevalence area. The president took off the mask for his remarks – a night after being happy with unmasked lawmakers who took a covid test on Capitol Hill.
Before Biden spoke, Wisconsin Gov. Tony Evers (D) made the case for the bridge, which he said could compete for infrastructure funds to avoid delays.
“I hope the president can say a good word to us,” he joked.
Sen. Amy Klobuchar (D-Minn.), who joined Biden on the trip, used her introductory remarks to try to expand the dialogue to foreign policy.
“The bridges that our country has built with the rest of the world to defend Ukrainian democracy.”
He spoke in a state that was critical to his victory over President Donald Trump in 2020.
Biden returned to the industrial Midwest on Wednesday hours after delivering his first State of the Union address, where he said he should drop his “rust belt” moniker.
Biden boarded Air Force One with First Lady Jill Biden, after meeting and praying with Washington, DC Cardinal Donald Wuerl on Ash Wednesday.
He could be seen with ashes on his forehead as he made his way to the heavily Catholic state on Wednesday morning.
Biden answered only a few questions at the White House, saying it was “obviously” up to NATO to decide whether Ukraine should join NATO. He said Russia was deliberately targeting civilians in its campaign to bomb Ukrainian cities.
Biden was heading to Superior, Wisconsin, in a politically crucial state he wrested from former President Donald Trump in 2020, after Trump won a narrow victory there in 2016.
After delivering a speech that heavily focused on Russian President Vladimir Putin’s brutal invasion of Ukraine, Biden was set to return to domestic politics, with plans to visit the Blatnik Bridge, which connects the state in Duluth, Minn.
He brought two senators from the Midwest, Amy Klobuchar (D-Minn.) and Tammy Baldwin (D-Wisc.).
Biden focused his remarks on tech investments in the Midwest during his address to Congress. “As Ohio Senator Sherrod Brown says, “It’s time to bury the ‘Rust Belt’ label. It’s time,’ Biden said.
According to the White House, the bridge, built in 1961 and which crosses the bay of Saint-Louis, “has deteriorated and is approaching the end of its lifespan”.
“Due to the condition of the bridge, load restrictions have been instituted, setting the maximum weight of vehicles passing over the bridge at 40 tonnes and prohibiting the passage of large trucks and other heavy vehicles from crossing the bridge”, according to reference documents.
The pitch is part of Biden’s Better America agenda, which he touted in his speech after abandoning the Build Back Better mantra amid his failure to secure a $1.8 trillion package through the Senate.