バイデンは熱いマイクのつぶやきに巻き込まれた “なんてばかげた質問” FoxNewsの特派員JacquiHeinrichが彼に尋ねた後, “なんで待ってるの [ロシアのウラジミール大統領] 最初の動きをするプーチン, お客様?” Biden earlier this week sparked an outcry in Ukraine and around the world after he suggested a “マイナーな侵入” by Russia into Ukraine would merit a different response than a more full-scale invasion.
“Is the president aware that he was caught on a hot mic yesterday? Why does he appear to be dismissing the idea of proactive deterrence?” Heinrich asked Psaki at Friday’s briefing.
“上手, the president certainly does not dismiss that idea, considering he has taken a lot of steps including supporting and approving the several sanctions that were put out by the Treasury Department just a couple of days ago,” サキは言った.
She said the U.S. had provided financial and military assistance to Ukraine as it stares down possible aggression from its neighbor.
“I would say the president is hardly waiting,” 彼女は言いました. “Actions are pretty clear on that front.”
Biden’s latest broadside at a reporter comes after some liberal media members fawned over his nearly two-hour press conference, where he snapped at one reporter who asked about his recent comparisons of political opponents to segregationists. Reporter Brian Karem gushed afterward that Biden never “once tried to belittle us,” while NBC’s Yamiche Alcindor said he “didn’t lash out at reporters.”
A former member of the オバマ administration pushed back after Biden’s remarks Thursday.
“It isn’t a stupid question,” former Obama Director of Global Engagement Brett Bruen tweeted. “It’s a really important one. We continue to allow Putin to set the terms, タイムライン, & trajectory of this crisis. It’s time we stop being so reactive & start creating some of our own conditions.”
Fox News reached out to the White House for comment on Bruen’s tweet and received a response from White House Deputy Press Secretary Andy Bates that simply said, “Who?”
Biden walked back his “マイナーな侵入” remarks on Thursday, saying any movement by assembled Russian troops into Ukraine territory would constitute an invasion and be met with a “severe and coordinated economic response.”
フォックス・ニュース’ Andrew Mark Miller contributed to this report.