It is no secret that President Biden’s trip to Europe last week was a complete disaster. The White House communications team had to walk back at least four different statements that the president made which directly contradicted current — stated — American foreign policy. Biden’s now famous “Putin can’t stay in power” declaration had to be cleaned up immediately so that there was not an unnecessary blowback from what amounted to a declaration of war against the man in charge of Russia’s nuclear weapons.
It got so bad that Biden had to hold a presser to make sure everybody understood what he had said was not what he meant. The President had a little help handling the tough Q & A.
I do not know what is worse, the title “tough Putin Q&A” or the fact the President is literally holding it up and reading from it. Our adversaries must be terrified of the chess moves Biden is masterfully making on the world stage.
So, who is deciding what Biden gets to say? White House Communications Director Kate Bedingfield, who is standing in for Jen Psaki while she is in quarantine, was asked just that.
It is incredible that the White House is forced to state that our commander-in-chief speaks for himself and is not a puppet repeating someone else’s words.