Biden asserts people like Putin 'shouldn't be ruling countries,' but US policy is not regime change

Biden was asked by several reporters at the White House Monday to address his comment, “For God’s sake, this man cannot remain in power,” made at the conclusion of a Saturday speech in front of the Royal Castle in Warsaw, Pole.

Biden insisted he is notwalking backhis comments, seeking to separate his wish for Putin not to be leading Russia from an official policy that would seek to remove him.

I was expressing my outrage at the behavior of this man,” Biden gesê, calling the Russian president’s behavioroutrageousand that his comments about him weremore an aspiration than anything.

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President Joe Biden speaks alongside Director of the Office of Management and Budget Shalanda Young as he introduces his budget request for fiscal year 2023 in the State Dining Room of the White House on March 28, 2022, in Washington, D.C.

President Joe Biden speaks alongside Director of the Office of Management and Budget Shalanda Young as he introduces his budget request for fiscal year 2023 in the State Dining Room of the White House on March 28, 2022, in Washington, D.C. (Anna Moneymaker/Getty Images)

He shouldn’t be in power,” Biden bygevoeg. “People like this shouldn’t be ruling countries, but they do, in werklikheid. They do. Maar, doesn’t mean I can’t express my outrage about it.

I’m not walking anything back. The fact of the matter is, I was expressing the moral outrage I felt toward the way Putin is dealing and the actions of this man, which is just brutality,” said Biden.

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But I want to make it clear: I wasn’t then, nor am I now, articulating a policy change. I was expressing the moral outrage that I feel, and I make no apologies for it,” hy het bygevoeg.

President Joe Biden speaks during an event at the Royal Castle, amid Russia's invasion of Ukraine, in Warsaw, Pole, Maart 26, 2022.

President Joe Biden speaks during an event at the Royal Castle, amid Russia’s invasion of Ukraine, in Warsaw, Pole, Maart 26, 2022. (REUTERS/Aleksandra Szmigiel/File Photo)

Other reporters asked Biden about his Putin remarks, including Fox News White House correspondent Peter Doocy, who pressed the president to explain why the White House walked back Biden’s comments three times during his overseas trip.

Are you worried that other leaders in the world are going to start to doubt that America is back if some of these big things that you say on the world stage keep getting walked back?” asked Doocy.

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President Joe Biden introduces his budget request for fiscal year 2023 in the State Dining Room of the White House on March 28, 2022, in Washington, D.C.

President Joe Biden introduces his budget request for fiscal year 2023 in the State Dining Room of the White House on March 28, 2022, in Washington, D.C. (Anna Moneymaker/Getty Images)

Biden denied that such walk backs occurred, to which Doocy responded by noting the White House clarified Biden’s unscripted comments that suggested U.S. troops would be in Ukraine, that the United States might use a chemical weapon and that Putin could be removed from power.

Biden responded by suggesting that his comments had been misinterpreted.

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