In a press conference on Thursday, Joe Biden was seen busting one reporter during his appearance addressing the U.S. response to the Russia-Ukraine war.
“That’s not what I said. You’re playing a game with me,” Joe Biden responded during a press conference in Brussels after CBS News reporter Journalist Christina Ruffini asked him how more sanctions would help in Ukraine when “deterrence didn’t work”.
Biden said, “Let’s get something straight, you’d remember if you’ve covered me from the beginning, I did not say that, in fact, the sanctions would deter him. Sanctions never deter,”
He added, “You keep talking about that. Sanctions never deter.”
Biden continued, “The maintenance of sanctions — the maintenance of sanctions, the increasing the pain, and the demonstration — why I asked for this NATO meeting today — is to be sure that after a month, we will sustain what we’re doing, not just next month, the following month, but for the remainder of this entire year. That’s what will stop him.”
Ruffini asked, “Do you believe the actions today will have an impact on making Russia change course in Ukraine?”
Biden answered, this time more agitated, “That’s not what I said. You’re playing a game with me. I know — the answer is no.”
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On February 11, Biden already stated that he believe that “sanctions are intended to deter”, this is according to national security adviser Jake Sullivan.
“The President believes that sanctions are intended to deter. And in order for them to work — to deter, they have to be set up in a way where if Putin moves, then the costs are imposed,” Sullivan said.
It’s no longer new to Biden to snap one journalist since he had a history of yelling or criticizing reporters during press conferences for asking difficult questions. Fox News reporter Peter Doocy was also called “stupid son of a b—h” in January by Biden after he asked whether inflation would be a political problem in the midterms. In February, Biden called NBC’s Lester Holt a “wise guy” for bringing up his past claims that inflation would be “transitory.”
“The single most important thing is for us to stay unified, and the world continues to focus on what a brute this guy is and all the innocent lives these people lost and ruined and what’s going on. That’s the important thing,” Biden said.
“We have to stay fully, totally, thoroughly united,” Biden closed before leaving.