Here’s how long it took for panicked Psaki to try to clean up Biden’s world-changing mistake

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In yet another train wreck of a press conference, President Joe Biden ignited shockwaves when he appeared to many to have given Russia the “green light” to invade Ukraine.

Biden’s weak response to Russia’s threats against Ukraine during the press conference Wednesday prompted an almost immediate response from White House press secretary Jen Psaki who was tasked with trying to clean up the mess he had made.

“It’s one thing if it’s a minor incursion and we end up having to fight about what to do and not do,” Biden told reporters. “But if they actually do what they’re capable of doing with the forces amassed on the border, it is going to be a disaster for Russia if they further invade Ukraine.”

He appeared to make things worse when asked by Alex Alper of Reuters to clarify what he meant by his “minor incursion” comment.

“The question is, if it’s something significantly short of a significant invasion — or not even significant, just major military forces coming across. For example, it’s one thing to determine that if they continue to use cyber efforts, well, we could respond the same way, with cyber,” he replied.

The White House soon came in with the mop.


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“President Biden has been clear with the Russian President: If any Russian military forces move across the Ukrainian border, that’s a renewed invasion, and it will be met with a swift, severe, and united response from the United States and our Allies,” Psaki said in a statement.

“President Biden also knows from long experience that the Russians have an extensive playbook of aggression short of military action, including cyberattacks and paramilitary tactics,” she added. “And he affirmed today that those acts of Russian aggression will be met with a decisive, reciprocal, and united response.”

The attempt to salvage Biden’s response did not seem to win over critics.

Meanwhile, the fallout from the president’s words on Russia continued to reverberate, with officials in the U.S. and Ukraine expressing their horror almost immediately.


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