President Joe Biden gave a speech on Wednesday during his first trip abroad and vaguely warned Russia’s President Vladimir Putin over attacking the U.S. while joking that he keeps forgetting he’s president.
Before that occurred, there was a swarm of cicadas to deal with.
As the President began addressing the crowd during his speech at a British military base, he spoke to the roughly 1,000 troops and their families in attendance and said “at ease” before joking “I keep forgetting I’m president.”
Biden declared to a flag-waving group of military personnel as his backdrop: “This is my first overseas trip as President of the United States. I’m heading to the G7, then the NATO ministerial, and then to meet with Mr. Putin to let him know what I want him to know.”
No mention was made of concessions to drop sanctions against the Russians or green-lighting the Nord Stream 2 pipeline.
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“At every point along the way we are going to make it clear that the United States is back and democracies of the world are standing together to tackle the toughest challenges and the issues that matter most to our future,” the president proclaimed.
“We’re not seeking conflict with Russia,” Biden stated. “We want a stable and predictable relationship … but I’ve been clear: The United States will respond in a robust and meaningful way if the Russian government engages in harmful activities.”
Biden will attend a summit with Putin on June 16 in Geneva. He is expected to raise the issue of ransomware attacks that have reportedly originated from Russia and have significantly impacted America’s oil and meat industries, aggression against Ukraine, and other topics as well. It is not expected to be a meeting that produces much in the way of results.
Asked by reporters if his meeting with Putin would yield anything noteworthy concerning cybersecurity, Biden was very vague: “Who knows?” he remarked. “It’s going to be a subject of our discussion.”
During his speech on Wednesday, Biden also called for “coordinated multilateral action” to address climate change. The president posits that it is the greatest threat facing America as opposed to cyber-attacks or the state of our economy.
Then he focused on the pandemic: “To tackle this century’s most pressing challenges we have to do it together, we have to end COVID-19, not just at home but everywhere.”
“There’s no wall high enough to keep us safe from this pandemic or the next biological threat we face, and there will be others. It requires coordinated multilateral action, we must all commit to an ambitious climate action if we’re going to prevent the worst impacts of climate change and global warming,” Biden stated, intertwining the pandemic and climate change in what appears to be a further push for global governance.
Preceding Biden’s trip to Europe on Wednesday, his flight was ominously delayed by a swarm of cicadas. As he walked across the tarmac, he deftly swatted one away, and then stated to reporters: “Watch out for the cicadas! I just got one, it got me.”
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Twitter had a field day with Biden’s weak threat to Putin:
Why? So Putin can laugh at him?
— PerpetualMisanthrope (@TheodoreBFrazi1) June 9, 2021
That’s not a warning, you troll.
— ZZ Third From the Bottom (@totter777) June 9, 2021
So basically he has no idea what to talk about.
— BCB (@BranchATL) June 9, 2021
I sell him what he knows pic.twitter.com/hM5wJMaNGL
— Homer (@Spoken_Easy) June 9, 2021
Yep, he’ll tell him thumbs up on that pipeline heh
— Drake Sumter (@DrakeSumter) June 9, 2021
Looking forward to Putin’s first statement after the meeting. And how much he’ll be laughing.
— RookieSan #FauciLied (@Rookie_San) June 10, 2021
Putin: “I bring you small girl to sniff. You give me Alaska.”
Biden “HELL YEAH! DEAL!”
— keymanjim (@keymanjim) June 9, 2021
Russia just shut down our gasoline supply chain for the whole East coast, and two weeks later Biden paved the way for them to build their own pipeline. This is beyond parody. Anyone who thinks Biden is being “tough on Russia” is a fucking idiot.
— Andy Wicklund (@AndyWicklund) June 9, 2021
This is just embarrassing. World leaders are going to shove this guy around like a toddler in a mosh pit.
Stand up to Russia? He already caved. China? He fully vested.
— Lester White (@NDallas87) June 9, 2021
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