This is surely cause a stir.
On Saturday (March 26), in front of the Polish presidential palace, President Joe Biden said Russian President Vladimir Putin could not remain in power given the destruction he had caused on the Ukrainian people.
In his speech, Biden noted that Ukraine would “never be a victory for Russia, for free people refuse to live in a world of hopelessness and darkness.”
He added that “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.”
He then declared, “For God’s sake, this man cannot remain in power.”
Speaking directly to Russian people in front of a crowd of 750 to 1,000 while staring into the camera, Biden stated, “You, the Russian people, are not our enemy. I refuse to believe that you welcome the killing of innocent children and grandparents or that you accept hospitals, schools, maternity wards — for God’s sake — being pummeled with Russian missiles and bombs.”
Biden made the remarks in front of a crowd of Ukrainian refugees, Polish citizens, and government officials.
Biden also commented on Ukrainian people being stopped from fleeing, resulting in people being starved while trapped.
He added that the “war is not worthy of you, the Russian people,” continuing that “Putin can and must end this war,” saying that Americans would work with the Russian people “and the brave citizens of Ukraine who want peace.”
Following Biden’s remarks, the White House quickly worked to clarify Biden’s statements, saying that Biden’s point “was that Putin cannot be allowed to exercise power over his neighbors or in the region. He was not discussing Putin’s power in Russia or regime change.”