When President Joe Biden’s interview with CNN’s Fareed Zakaria aired on Sunday (July 9), Biden made a shocking revelation: the United States was running low on 155 mm artillery ammunition rounds, prompting conservatives on social media to express their outrage and question his competence.
Biden justified his administration’s decision to deliver cluster munitions to Ukraine as a “transition period” until more munitions are made in the interview.
Biden claimed that the war in Ukraine related to “munitions” which Ukraine is “running out of” and the U.S. is “low on it,” and had taken the recommendation of the Department of Defense to “allow for this transition period while we get more” 155 shells for Ukrainians.
Conservative critics and experts alike questioned why Biden was publicizing the U.S. shortfall during a nationally televised conversation that opponents would view.
Reactions on social media ranged from skepticism to outrage.
Political Operative Logan Dobson tweeted that he loves it “when the president of America goes on CNN to tell everyone we’re low on ammo.”
Steve Guest, Conservative Communicator, tweeted that the President is a “Moron,” and queried whether Biden didn’t “care that our adversaries in China are listening?”
Byron York of the Washington Examiner noted that it appeared Biden was “saying [the] US is sending cluster munitions to Ukraine because we are running out of 155mm artillery ammunition.”
When pressed to respond to criticism following Biden’s CNN appearance, a White House official attempted to retract Biden’s remark that the US was out of ammunition.
In an email to Fox News Digital, a White House official suggested the military had “specific requirements” regarding the “numbers of weapons systems and ammunition” in U.S. reserves “in case of contingencies or military conflict,” and meant there wasn’t a shortage.