President Joe Biden had a harsh description ready for Russian President Vladimir Putin after he met with Ukrainian refugees in Warsaw, Poland this morning.
Asked by reporters how the experience of meeting these innocent displaced Ukrainians affected his daily dealings with the Russian autocrat, Biden refused to mince words.
In addition to meeting with the Ukrainian refugees seeking to escape the death and destruction caused by Russian shelling of their cities, President Biden also met with celebrity chef José Andrés and his staff of volunteers at a food distribution site set up by Andrés’ nonprofit, the World Center Kitchen, which provides meals to the needy at disaster sites around the world.
Biden was overheard praising Andrés and his volunteers and asking how he could help them, saying “God love ya.”
Later, Biden told reporters that seeing the refugees and the reception that they have received in Poland impressed him with “the depth and strength of the human spirit.”
“It’s incredible, it’s incredible. See all those little children. Just want to hug, just want to say thanks. I mean, it’s, just makes you so damn proud,” the American president said.“Each one of those children said something to the effect, ‘Say a prayer for my dad or my grandfather or my brother who’s back there fighting. And I remember what it’s like when you have someone in a war zone. Every morning you get up and you wonder. You just wonder. And you pray you don’t get that phone call,” he added.
“Of course, every time these personal insults narrow the window of opportunity for our bilateral relations under the current [US] administration. One has to be aware of this,” Kremlin spokesperson Dmitry Peskov told TASS.
“Ukraine will never be a victory for Russia for free people refuse to live in a world of hopelessness and darkness. We will have a different future, a brighter future, rooted in democracy and principals, hope and light, of decency and dignity, of freedom, and possibilities,” Biden declared. “For God’s sake, this man cannot remain in power.”“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, and for God’s sake, being pummeled with Russian missiles and bombs,” he continued.“This war is not worthy of you, the Russian people. Putin can and must end this war. The American people will stand with you and the brave citizens of Ukraine who want peace…We’re seeing it once again today, the brave Ukrainian people showing that their power of many is greater than the will of any one dictator,” Biden concluded.
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