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President Joe Biden convened a meeting of the National Security Council as the Russia-Ukraine crisis churns on and efforts to prevent a predicted invasion of the strife-torn former Soviet country continue with the news breaking that he is willing to meet with his Russian counterpart Vladimir Putin in a high-stakes summit to avert what would be a bloody war.
The White House announced the latest developments via a statement issued on Sunday night that Biden was willing to sit down with the Russian leader as long as the invasion has not taken place.
“As the President has repeatedly made clear, we are committed to pursuing diplomacy until the moment an invasion begins,” press secretary Jen Psaki said. “President Biden accepted in principle a meeting with President Putin following that engagement, again, if an invasion hasn’t happened.”
Psaki’s update came after the White House tweeted out an image of the POTUS along with his advisors including, chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff Gen. Mark Milley and Defense Secretary Lloyd Austin, the “woke” combo whose mastery of military strategy will be an essential resource if the U.S. is dragged into a potential conflict.
Today, President Biden convened a meeting of the National Security Council to discuss the latest developments regarding Russia’s military buildup on the borders of Ukraine. pic.twitter.com/v3EKIj9PRb
— The White House (@WhiteHouse) February 20, 2022
However, instead of the grave atmosphere of a president in a time of historic crisis that the White House was trying to present, many on Twitter were quick to point out the staged nature of the image, particularly as they were all masked-up and all of the nameplates of those in attendance were facing the camera.
“Good thing they turned all the name stands towards the camera so everyone gets credit,” remarked one Twitter user.
Good thing they turned all the name stands towards the camera so everyone gets credit https://t.co/uzahIgJhCc
— Patrick Donahue (@pdonahueracing) February 21, 2022
Another user wrote, “C’mon guys, you can fit a few more incompetents in this room…plenty of eligible name plates to stage in the center of the desk!”
Former Trump campaign adviser Steve Cortes mocked the WH image, writing, “Look at this masked clown show,” jabbing “White Rage Milley,” “Spied-on-Trump Jake Sullivan” and “Raytheon’s own Lloyd Austin.”
“God help us…,” he added.
Look at this masked clown show.
-White Rage Milley
-Spied-on-Trump Jake Sullivan
-Raytheon’s own Lloyd Austin
God help us… https://t.co/LATKhiOQ9d
— Steve Cortes (@CortesSteve) February 21, 2022
Other responses poured in:
Why do they have their name plates on the table? Do they not know each other? #BidenAdministration https://t.co/214Z86GgTS
— Stanley McTroysney 🇺🇸 🦅🗽 (@StanleyofTroy) February 21, 2022
Love the way they turn the nameplates toward the camera for the propaganda picture. 😂🤣😂
Although, I still think @WHCOS Klain should call the publicity dept of the CCP central committee for advice on subtlety. They have years of experience using similar tactics w/ N.Korea https://t.co/gT0oLcF7X2
— TheLastRefuge (@TheLastRefuge2) February 21, 2022
I bet as soon as they got the group photo the masks came off
— Generic random person (@TheOxyCon) February 21, 2022
Why are they wearing masks if they’re triple v and why are the nameplates facing the camera?!
— HClary (@SunshineMustang) February 20, 2022
What an absurd photo op by Biden's pathetic National Security Council…
1) All 4x boosted but wearing masks
2) Name plates all facing the camera
3) Every person in this picture is a hypocrite, a liar and a coward pic.twitter.com/zH9FFdtiXi
— Gain of Fauci (@DschlopesIsBack) February 21, 2022
“Guys, they’re taking pictures. Put on your masks. You can take them off after we send the media out.”
— (っ◔◡◔)っ Jason (@JasonTLouis) February 20, 2022
Weakness behind masks,
This image scares no one in Moscow, or Beijing.
We better start learning Mandarin and Russian,
and stock up on Iodine, I see glowing days in our
urban city’s futures.
— HipHopThinker♦️ (@HipHopThinker) February 20, 2022
On Friday, Biden held a press conference where he told reporters that he was convinced that Putin had already made the decision to invade Ukraine, making the need for an increased focus on diplomacy all the more important.
President Joe Biden said he was convinced Russian President Vladimir Putin had made a decision to invade Ukraine, and though there was still room for diplomacy, he expected Russia to move on the Eastern European country in the coming days https://t.co/ZY262Gy5lt pic.twitter.com/9Z1qDAdZpB
— Reuters (@Reuters) February 18, 2022
Despite the possibility of a devastating war, the saber-rattling over Ukraine has provided Biden with a welcome distraction from his failure on multiple fronts, first and foremost the economy with the highest inflation rate in decades as well as his ongoing failure to defeat COVID, something that he vowed to do on the campaign trail and the longer that the crisis drags on, the better for him and his fellow Democrats.
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