This combination of photos created on March 17, 2021 programs United States President Joe Biden( L) during remarks on the implementation of the American Rescue Strategy in the State Dining room of the White Home in Washington, DC on March 15, 2021, and Russia’s President Vladimir Putin during his working see to Ivanovo, a town some 300 km outside Moscow, on March 6, 2020.
” The conversation started off, ‘I said, I know you and you know me. If I establish this happened, then be prepared,'” Biden told ABC News in an interview that aired Wednesday on “Good Morning America.”
Biden said he alerted Putin last month, in his first call to the Russian president after taking office, that he would strike back if that meddling was verified.
President Joe Biden says he believes Russian leader Vladimir Putin is a killer without any soul– and pledged that Putin quickly “will pay a price” for interfering in the 2020 U.S. election and attempting to boost the reelection possibilities of then-President Donald Trump.
The interview was carried out Tuesday, the exact same day that the U.S. National Intelligence Council released a report which concluded that Putin licensed intelligence properties to promote false information during the 2020 election cycle about Biden through U.S. media and people near to Trump.
” He will pay a cost,” Biden stated of Putin.
Asked that price would be, Biden replied, “Well, you’ll see soon.”
The Biden administration earlier this month imposed a selection of sanctions on high-ranking Russian officials, who include Putin’s deputy chiefs of personnel, for the poisoning and subsequent jail time of Alexey Navalny, a leader of the opposition to Putin.
Although Navalny survived his poisoning, a variety of Putin critics have been eliminated or passed away suspiciously.
When Biden was asked if he believes Putin is a killer, the president replied, “I do.”
Biden likewise verified prior reports that he personally informed Putin in 2011, while serving as U.S. vice president, that Putin does not “have a soul.”
” I wasn’t being a smart man, I was alone with him in his office,” Biden stated. “That’s how it happened. It was when President [George W.] Bush had stated I’ve looked in his eyes and saw his soul.”
“I said I looked in your eyes and I don’t think you have a soul. And he looked back and stated, ‘we understand each other,'” Biden recalled.
Biden’s strong words about his Russian counterpart stand in sharp contrast to Trump, who for several years in office refused to slam Putin for interfering in the 2016 election, or to even concede that it occurred, as repeated investigations have found.
In 2017, when then-Fox News host Bill O’Reilly called Putin a “killer,” Trump recommended that America’s conduct was just as bad as that of the Russian president.
“There are a great deal of killers, we have actually got a lot of killers,” Trump stated.
“You believe our country’s so innocent?” Trump asked O’Reilly.