President Joe Biden defended his decision not to hold a joint press conference with his Russian counterpart, Vladimir Putin, in a way in which he appeared to acknowledge he may be suffering from some degree of mental deficiency.
“This is not a contest about who can do better in front of a press conference and try to embarrass each other,” Biden said after explaining that he had already been in contact with the Russian leader and expressed his views on a number of pressing issues while agreeing with Putin that the relationship between both countries is at a historic low.
“It is about making myself very clear what the conditions are to get a better relationship with Russia,” Biden added.
“The bottom line is I think the best way to deal with this is for he and I had meet, and he and I have to have our discussion,” the president continued. “I know you don’t doubt that I’ll be very straightforward with him about our concerns. And I will make clear my view of how that meeting turned out and he’ll make clear from his perspective how it turned out. But I don’t want to get into being diverted by did they shake hands, who talked the most and the rest.”
Biden also took a few swipes at the foreign policy of his predecessor, President Donald Trump, by declaring, “America is back at the table.”
“The lack of participation in the past and full engagement was noticed significantly, not only by the leaders of those countries but by the people in the G-7 countries. America is back in the business of leading the world alongside nations who share our most deeply held values,” he said, as he opened the press conference before heading to London to meet with Queen Elizabeth II.
As often seen with Biden’s press interactions, he has a list of preapproved reporters to call on.
Something he made obvious at one point, when he stated: “I may get in trouble with staff if I don’t do this the right way.”
Joe Biden: “I’m going to get in trouble with staff” if I don’t call from pre-approved list of reporters pic.twitter.com/9pzBLZ9l0s
— RNC Research (@RNCResearch) June 13, 2021
He went on to highlight his administration’s pledge to continue the fight against the COVID-19 pandemic while returning to a familiar theme of climate change and remaining faithful to the NATO military alliance, all while rejecting Trump’s policies.
“I felt a genuine sense of enthusiasm that America was back at the table and fully, fully engaged,” Biden said of the G7 Summit. “Bottom line is I think we’ve made some progress in reestablishing American credibility among our closest friends and our values.”
Trump, during his term, regularly pressed NATO members to live up to their commitment to spend 2 percent of their respective countries’ GDP on their military, while pointing out, correctly, that American taxpayers were on the hook for the majority of alliance military readiness.
He also chastised members like Germany for doing business deals with Russia, such as the Nordstream 2 gas pipeline, while supposedly remaining a member of an alliance that is supposed to serve as a military counterbalance to Russia.
Others were critical of Biden’s decision to avoid a joint press conference with Putin.
“Biden’s handlers know that a joint presser – as is the norm – will enable Putin to steal Biden’s lunch on international TV and to eat it there too. This move permits Biden to speak big as to how he stuck it to Putin in the meeting even if it’s not true. Quite a propaganda move,” Yossi Gerstetner posted.
Biden’s handlers know that a joint presser – as is the norm – will enable Putin to steal Biden’s lunch on international TV and to eat it there too. This move permits Biden to speak big as to how he stuck it to Putin in the meeting even if it’s not true.
Quite a propaganda move. https://t.co/PVAyvrTgZe
— Yossi Gestetner (@YossiGestetner) June 13, 2021
“Biden’s G7 presser is a perfect example of why suddenly it’s just journalists posting the quotes they want without the video footage to go along with it,” added Spectator contributor Stephen L. Miller.
Biden's G7 presser is a perfect example of why suddenly it's just journalists posting the quotes they want without the video footage to go along with it.
— Stephen L. Miller (@redsteeze) June 13, 2021
On Saturday, Trump released a statement via his Save America PAC specifically pushing back on French President Emmanuel Macron while returning to familiar criticisms of European countries he believes have taken advantage of U.S. protection and largess.
“I think it’s great to have a U.S. president part of the club and very willing to cooperate,” Macron said, which led to the former president’s response.
“This was a quote by the President of France. He and many other Leaders before him, in France and throughout Europe, were ripping off the United States like never before. We were treated very unfairly with horrible trade deals, and paying for a large portion of their defense.
“They were taking advantage of the United States and therefore, of course, they like Biden because now they will be allowed to return to their old ways of ripping off our Country. If I were a leader of these countries, I too would like Biden far better than President Trump,” he said.
“They will now get very rich off the United States just like they have in the past until a change is made. I am for AMERICA FIRST!”
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