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(RepublicanWire.org) – President Joe Biden struck a defiant tone on Monday while facing questions from White House reporters about his apparent call for Russian President Vladimir Putin to lose power.

“I’m not walking anything back,” Biden said. “The fact of the matter is, I was expressing the moral outrage I felt toward the way Putin is dealing, and the actions of this man, which is just brutality.”

But Biden clarified that his comments did not represent a shift in US policy.

“But I want to make it clear: I wasn’t then, nor am I now, articulating a policy change,” he said. “I was expressing the moral outrage that I feel, and I make no apologies for it.”

Biden also rejected claims that his comments were escalatory, or that he had weakened or divided NATO by making them.

“No, I’m not. I’m not at all,” he said. “NATO has never ever, ever, ever, ever, ever been as strong as it is today. Never.”

Asked why he made the remarks at all, Biden said he was talking to the Russian people directly.

“The last part of the speech was talking to the Russian people, telling them what we thought,” he said. “I was communicating this to not only the Russian people, but the whole world. This is  just stating a simple fact, that this kind of behavior is totally unacceptable. Totally unacceptable.”

At the end of a speech in front of the Royal Castle in Warsaw, Poland, on Saturday, Biden veered off script and declared that “for God’s sake, this man cannot remain in power,” referring to Putin.

The White House quickly moved to clarify that Biden was not calling for a regime change or articulating a shift in US strategy.

“The President’s point was that Putin cannot be allowed to exercise power over his neighbors or the region. He was not discussing Putin’s power in Russia, or regime change,” a White House official told reporters.

Biden has made harsh remarks about the Russian president following his invasion of Ukraine on February 24. Biden has called Putin a “war criminal” and “a murderous dictator.” He also described Putin as a “butcher” earlier in the day on Saturday.

The president’s remarks drew condemnation over the weekend from French President Emmanuel Macron, a NATO ally, who suggested the comments would make it more difficult to achieve a ceasefire.

“If we want to do that, we can’t escalate either in words or actions,” Macron told France 3.

As tensions have risen to historic heights between Washington and Moscow in recent years, which has been closely tied to events in Ukraine, Russia has often accused the US of seeking regime change. 

A 2017 report on Russia from the Pentagon’s intelligence arm said, “The Kremlin is convinced the United States is laying the groundwork for regime change in Russia.” The Defense Intelligence Agency report also said, “Moscow worries that US attempts to dictate a set of acceptable international norms threatens the foundations of Kremlin power by giving license for foreign meddling in Russia’s internal affairs.”

Along these lines, some experts expressed serious concerns that Biden’s speech would lead Putin to escalate the war in Ukraine. 

“The comments by @potus made a difficult situation more difficult and a dangerous situation more dangerous,” Richard Haass, president of the Council on Foreign Relations and a veteran diplomat, said in a tweet on Saturday. 

Some GOP critics of Biden have also accused the president of fueling Kremlin propaganda with his remarks in Warsaw. Asked about this at Monday’s news conference, Biden said he was not concerned that he’d aided Putin’s propaganda machine. “I don’t care what he thinks,” Biden said of Putin. “He’s going to do what he’s going to do.”

Responding to Biden’s remarks on Putin in Warsaw, Kremlin spokesperson Dmitry Peskov over the weekend told Reuters, “That’s not for Biden to decide. The president of Russia is elected by Russians.”

Following up on this on Monday, Peskov said Biden’s comments were “certainly alarming.”

“We will continue to track the statements of the US president in the most attentive way,” Peskov added, per Reuters. 

(RepublicanWire.org) – The White House has had to correct a statement made by President Joe Biden again, and this one was very serious.

The world is on edge right now as the war between Russia and Ukraine continues and the slightest mistake could trigger a global war.

That may be a reason to keep the president from talking because the way he trips over words and routinely makes mistakes could lead to consequences. On Friday he made a major error when speaking when he mistakenly sounded like he was informing United States troops that they would be headed to Ukraine.

“You know, with the Ukrainian people, Ukrainian people have a lot of backbone, they have a lot of guts and I’m sure you’re observing it,” the president said to members of the 82nd Airborne division in Rzeszów. “And you’re gonna see when you’re there, and some of you have been there. You’re gonna see, you’re gonna see women, young people standing, standing in the middle, in front of a damn tank, just saying I’m not leaving. I’m holding my ground. They’re incredible. But they take a lot of inspiration from us.”

“And, you know, the woman who just died, the secretary of state, used to have an expression,” he said, appearing to forget the name of the late Secretary if State Madeline Albright,  “She said, ‘we are the essential nation.’ It sounds like a bit of a hyperbole but the truth of the matter is you are the organizing principle around which the rest of the free world is, the free world is moving.”

The White House quickly corrected the president’s comments, telling Andrew Feinberg of The Independent that “The President has been clear we are not sending U.S. troops to Ukraine and there is no change in that position.”

But it is a wonder how the White House can say that “the president has been clear” when he just made a major gaffe.

Fact checking website Snopes rated the claim of Biden saying troops would be going to Ukraine as ”correct attribution” which means “that quoted material (speech or text) has been correctly attributed to the person who spoke or wrote it.”

That means that the president did say what was quoted.

That does not mean that the United States is actually sending troops to Ukraine, but it was one of two mistakes the president made.

Asked on Thursday what the United States would do if Russia used chemical weapons in Ukraine, the president said, “It would trigger a response in-kind,” US News & World Report reported.

“Whether NATO would cross,” he said. “we’d make that decision at the time.”

White House national security adviser Jake Sullivan explained that the U.S. has “no intention” of using chemical weapons, Fox News reported.

He explained that the president meant that “we’ll respond accordingly” and that Russia would pay a “severe price.”

“We will collect the form and nature of our response based on the nature of the action Russia takes,” he said. “And we’ll do so in coordination with our allies.”

“And I won’t go beyond that other than to say the United States has no intention of using chemical weapons, period, under any circumstances,” Sullivan maintained.

Now obviously the president did not mean that the United States would use chemical weapons, but words matter when nations are on edge and this president is not the best person to be giving speeches at a time like this.

The gaffes were mocked on Twitter.

“The Russian military leadership is not talking to their US counterparts and Biden is out there talking about what our troops are going to see in Ukraine. This reckless moron is going to start world war 3,” Donald Trump Jr. said.

“2 more Biden cleanups on Aisle 4 today: In Poland the President of the United States tells 82d Airborne troops they’re going to Ukraine. (They’re not) Then he says if Russia uses chemical weapons, the US will respond in kind. (We won’t) #ThisIsGettingDangerous,” author Andrew Malcom said.

“The President of the United States told troops they were going to Ukraine and the White House actually told the press that Biden’s “been clear we are not sending troops to Ukraine”. They can’t admit he’s losing his mind. Full on ministry of truth like North Korea. Embarrassing!” Republican congressional candidate Robby Starbuck said.

“Trump said plenty of ridiculous things, but I don’t remember any quite as crazy as flying to the Ukraine border and announcing that the US was at war with Russia,” journalist Michael Tracey said.

“Note which ‘gaffes’ the media regards as warranting significant umbrage. Biden maybe-possibly revealing the physical presence of US troops in Ukraine, contrary to his prior assurances that no such deployments would occur (because it’d mean WWIII) — apparently not a major ‘gaffe,’” he said.

(RepublicanWire.org) – A group of Russian elites are allegedly conspiring to overthrow Russian President Vladimir Putin and “restore economic ties” with the West, according to Ukrainian intelligence.

“Poisoning, sudden illness, accident — Russia’s elite is considering removing Putin,” declared a Sunday Facebook post from the Chief Directorate of Intelligence for the Ministry of Defense of Ukraine.

The ministry claimed that a group of “influential people” has been forming in Russia who want to “remove Putin from power as soon as possible and restore economic ties with the West, which were destroyed by the war in Ukraine.”

The intel alleges that the group has already been eyeing Alexander Bortnikov, the Russian director of the Federal Security Service and a member of Putin’s inner circle, as a successor to the president.

Many Russian elites allegedly are willing to do whatever they can to get Putin out, even assassination.

The directorate claimed Bortnikov and Putin had a falling out after Putin blamed him for “fatal miscalculations” in the slow-going and costly invasion of Ukraine.

“Bortnikov and his department were responsible for analyzing the mood of the population of Ukraine and the capacity of the Ukrainian army,” the directorate said.

The directorate said its intelligence came from Russian sources, who are “considering various options for removing Putin from power,” including a potential assassination.

The leadership change may also “be an attempt to establish cooperation with the Ukrainian authorities” as the war drags on, the post said.

The Russian economy has been strangled by sanctions imposed by the United States and its NATO allies.

The sanctions have put increasing pressure on Putin, who believed his Ukraine invasion — now in its third week — would be over in a matter of days. 

Across the globe, influential Russian oligarchs have had their valuable assets seized by Western countries, and many have fled back to the motherland or to friendlier nations.

US Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-SC) was rebuked earlier this month after he called for the assassination of Putin from the inside.

“If [Putin] continues to be their leader, then he’s going to make you complicit with war crimes,” Graham said, addressing the Russian people. “You’re a good people, you’ll never have a future, you’ll be isolated from the world, and you’ll live in abject poverty.

“So I’m hoping somebody in Russia will understand that he’s destroying Russia, and you need to take this guy out by any means possible.”

He later tweeted, “Is there a Brutus in Russia? Is there a more successful Colonel Stauffenberg in the Russian military? The only way this ends is for somebody in Russia to take this guy out. You would be doing your country — and the world — a great service.”

Graham was slammed by politicians from both sides of the aisle for the suggestion. White House press secretary Jenn Psaki denounced Graham’s inflammatory comments.

“That is not the position of the United States government. And certainly not a statement you’d hear from — come from the mouth of anybody working in this administration,” she said.

(RepublicanWire.org) – Team Kamala is trying to play clean up to a blunder that Vice President Kamala Harris made last week while speaking at the Democratic National Committee in Washington D.C., and then repeated Tuesday on social media.

A now-deleted tweet from the vice president’s official Twitter account read: “When I was in Poland, I met with U.S. and Polish service members, thanking them for standing with our NATO allies for freedom, peace, and security. The United States stands firmly with the Ukrainian people in defense of the NATO alliance.”

Of course, Ukraine is not part of the NATO alliance, yet from an appearance standpoint, it appears that someone in the vice president’s office is confused about that.

In a follow-up tweet, a critical “and” is strategically added to the statement.

“When I was in Poland, I met with U.S. and Polish service members, thanking them for standing with our NATO allies for freedom, peace, and security. The United States stands firmly with the Ukrainian people and in defense of the NATO alliance.

Given that Twitter STILL does not provide an “edit” feature, it’s easy to gather that it was just a typo, except Harris spoke those very words last week, drawing plenty of facepalms at the time –which makes it inexplicable that the blunder would be repeated four days later.

“Russia’s invasion threatens not just Ukraine’s democracy, it threatens democracy and security across Europe,” Harris declared. “So I will say what I know we all say, and I will say over and over again: The United States stands firmly with the Ukrainian people in defense of the NATO alliance.”

Interestingly, the official White House transcripts of those remarks added the all important “and,” as seen here:

“Russia’s invasion threatens not just Ukraine’s democracy, it threatens democracy and security across Europe.  And by extension, when democracy is threatened anywhere, it threatens us all.  And the ocean that separates us will not leave us untouched by this aggression.

“So I will say what I know we all say, and I will say over and over again: The United States stands firmly with the Ukrainian people [and] in defense of the NATO Alliance.”

(RepublicanWire.org) – China on Wednesday said it would not consider sanctioning Russia for its illegal invasion of Ukraine and said it will continue with “normal trade cooperation.”

Russian President Vladimir Putin ordered a “special military operation” last week, and Ukraine has endured seven days of brutal fighting that has resulted in the death of roughly 2,000 Ukrainians and 5,000 Russian soldiers, according to Ukraine’s State Emergency Service. 

In response to the deadly invasion the U.S., Canada, Japan, Australia, New Zealand and dozens of European nations slapped severe sanctions on Russian banks, businesses, Putin and other elite members of Russia’s government and society. 

But despite its repeated claims that it respects a state’s sovereignty, China has refused to outright condemn Russian aggression or institute sanctions.

“China firmly opposes all illegal unilateral sanctions, and believes that sanctions are never fundamentally effective means to solve problems,” spokesman for China’s Foreign Ministry Wang Webin said Wednesday. “They will only create serious difficulties to the economy and livelihood of relevant countries and further intensify division and confrontation.”

“China and Russia will continue to conduct normal trade cooperation in the spirit of mutual respect, equality and mutual benefit,” he added.

China surprised the international community last week when two of its largest state-owned banks restricted financing for Russian commodity purchases.

But the limited move reflected China’s reluctance to take a stronger stance against its top ally. 

A resolution put forward by the permanent members of the United Nations Security Council condemning Russia’s illegal invasion failed to pass Friday after Russia vetoed the measure and China abstained from voting. 

The UN held a rare emergency special session of the 193-member U.N. General Assembly Wednesday – a meeting that has not been called in 40 years.

World leaders will seek to pass a nonbinding resolution that calls for the immediate withdrawal of Russian troops in Ukraine and condemns what world leaders have called “war crimes” under the Geneva Convention. 

The resolution, backed by 94 U.N. member countries, is expected to pass by a wide margin.  

(RepublicanWire.org) – The Internet is forever and that is a lesson that President Joe Biden is learning in a humiliating way.

The president tweeted, two years to the day that Russian President Vladimir Putin gave the order for, what he calls “peacekeeping troops,” to move into Ukraine, a message that insinuated Putin was frightened of him and not President Donald trump who he was campaigning against.

“Vladimir Putin doesn’t want me to be President,” he said in the Feb. 21, 2020 tweet. “He doesn’t want me to be our nominee. If you’re wondering why — it’s because I’m the only person in this field who’s ever gone toe-to-toe with him.”

Conservatives on Twitter reminded him of this tweet, not so nicely.

“Two years to the day this tweet aged like … well like Joe Biden,” yours truly said.

“Exactly 2 years ago today. Look at this fool,” former Assistant Secretary to the Treasury, Monica Crowley, said.

“This is the worst Tweet of all time. OF ALL TIME,” journalist JD Rucker said.

“I hope CNN and MSNBC are happy with themselves,” Newsbusters editor Curtis Houck said.

“How’s this tweet aging?” former White House Press Secretary Sean Spicer tweeted.

“This did not age well…,” Republican Texas Rep. Pat Fallon quipped.

“You were saying…?” Republican Arizona Rep. Andy Biggs said, tongue in cheek.

“This tweet did not age well,” British conservative Nigel Farage mocked.

“Joe, Vladimir Putin thinks you’re a joke. Joe, Xi Jinping thinks you’re a joke. Joe, the Supreme Leader of Iran, thinks you’re a joke. Joe, Kim Jong-un thinks you’re a joke. Joe, our adversaries, think YOU’RE A JOKE,” Republican Florida Rep. Byron Donalds said.

“Any update on this Sleepy?” Sebastian Gorka said.

“Always remember that the DC media pushed this narrative. @maggieNYT led the way with this phony partisan message. Putin didn’t invade Ukraine when Trump was President. Putin did it twice – when Obama and Biden were in charge,” former Director of National Intelligence Richard Grenell said.

On February 20 it was reported that the United States has intelligence that says Russian troops have been given orders to invade Ukraine, CBS News reported.

The U.S. has intelligence that Russian commanders have received orders to proceed with an invasion of Ukraine, with commanders on the ground making specific plans for how they would maneuver in their sectors of the battlefield, a U.S. official told CBS News. 

The orders don’t mean an invasion is a certainty, as Russian President Vladimir Putin could still change the orders if he changes his mind, the official said.

“The President was very clear that he is convinced by U.S. intelligence that this invasion will happen, that President Putin decided to do it,” CBS News “Face The Nation” host Margaret Brennan said to  CBS News correspondent David Martin. “How was he that certain?”

“Because the intelligence says that Russian troops have actually received orders now, to proceed with the invasion,” he responded. “So not only are they moving up closer and closer to the border into these attack positions, but the commanders on the ground are making specific plans for how they would maneuver in their sector of the battlefield.”

“They’re doing everything that American commanders would do once they got the order to proceed,” he said.

The United States embassy in Russia has advised Americans to have an evacuation plan, citing a threat from Moscow, Reuters reported.

“According to media sources, there have been threats of attacks against shopping centers, railway and metro stations, and other public gathering places in major urban areas, including Moscow and St. Petersburg as well as in areas of heightened tension along the Russian border with Ukraine,” the embassy said in an alert to United States citizens.

Citizens were advised to “Monitor local and international media for updates avoid crowds, notify friends and family of your safety, be aware of your surroundings, stay alert in locations frequented by tourists/Westerners, review your personal security plans, carry proper identification, including a U.S. passport with a current Russian visa and have evacuation plans that do not rely on U.S. government assistance.”

(RepublicanWire.org) – I was talking with some family members over the weekend about the situation in Ukraine over why the Biden administration has been hyping a war with Russia. Here’s what we do know. Russian President Vladimir Putin has assembled over 100,000 troops along the Ukraine border. Russia has invaded Ukraine in the past under the Obama-Biden administration and they pretty much got away with it.

We also know that Ukraine President Volodymyr Zelensky has publicly asked President Joe Biden to stop hyping the situation because it’s not nearly as critical and the Biden administration and their boot-licking sycophants in the misinformation news media have made it out to be.

Our foreign policy should be focused on China and Asia overall, but instead, this pea-brained president is focusing on Eastern Europe, where we have no interests that outweigh what China is trying to do to our standing in the world.

So the big question we asked was why? Why is Joe Biden focusing on a potential Russian invasion of Ukraine and they couldn’t give two figs about a potential Chinese invasion of Taiwan?

Well, apparently Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi let the cat out of the bag on Sunday’s “ABC This Week” with George Stephanopoulos when she made an appearance to talk about current events. Just note that any time a Democrat politician goes on with Stephanopoulos, a former Clintonista political operative, you know that the entire appearance has been pre-planned.

Stephanopoulos first brought up the potential Russian invasion of Ukraine story (a crisis if you ask Democrats) where he asked Pelosi if she believes Putin is about to invade Ukraine.

Pelosi responded, saying, “Well, I think we have to be prepared for it. And that is what the president is … yes, I do believe that he is prepared for an invasion.”

Then it gets interesting when she continues. “I also understand why the President of Ukraine wants to keep people calm and that he wants his economy not to suffer. But, on the other hand, if we were not threatening the sanctions and the rest, it would guarantee that Putin would invade. Let’s hope that diplomacy works. It’s about diplomacy deterrence. Diplomacy deterrence. And the president’s made it very clear. There’s a big price to pay for Russia to go there. So if Russia doesn’t invade, it’s not that he never intended to. It’s just that the sanctions worked.”

Did you get that? She’s building up Joe Biden to plant a seed to make it appear that if there is no invasion of Ukraine, it’s because Biden threatened sanctions, and she stipulates that it is a “guarantee” that Putin would invade if Joe Biden hadn’t promised sanctions for an invasion. She then doubles down, saying that if there is no invasion in the end, then it’s not because Putin never intended to invade, as if Pelosi would know this, it’s because Joe Biden’s brilliant use of sanctions worked.

Pelosi continued, “Well, look, I’m very proud of the work that the president has done. The unity of our allies and NATO to come to an agreement as to the severity of the sanctions is very, very important. And that is … that is something that Putin should pay very close attention to.”

Remember when the same Democrats said that President Donald Trump‘s use of sanctions at any time was immoral?

About three weeks ago, when Biden started talking about sanctions against Putin, the Russian president’s personal press secretary Dmitry Peskov told reporters that individual sanctions against Vladimir Putin wouldn’t be “painful” for him but would be “politically destructive” for the countries imposing such penalties. So, Putin doesn’t care about sanctions against him.

I think what’s going on here is the Democrats need a win. After a year of harmful results that stem from disastrous Biden policies on the American people and our country where he killed our energy policies that are harming everyday Americans, he intentionally allowed over 2 million illegal aliens to enter our country for no other reason that to ensure they get to vote in the future, failing to fix the supply chain problems for our country,  spending us into an inflation nightmare, imposing vaccine mandates to force American citizens to take an experimental medicine that they do not want to take, and much more.

But the ultimate failure that will make it into the history books is the unbelievable incompetence shown during the withdrawal from Afghanistan where Biden ordered our military troops out first and then, as an afterthought, American citizens. It is still being reported that there are thousands of Americans that were left behind and are still behind enemy lines with the Taliban searching for them.

The US Senate Foreign Relations Committee has released a new report on the Biden administration’s withdrawal from Afghanistan. The report has found that as many as 9,000 Americans were left behind in Afghanistan during the disastrous withdrawal. The Biden administration knows how bad this makes them look and so they are looking for a win.

So they have been hyping up a potential Russian invasion of Ukraine, even though Putin has said repeatedly that he has no plans to invade the Eastern European country. I hate that the Biden administration is forcing me to support the sleazy Putin, but moving troops along the border of Ukraine is not breaking any laws.

Democrats need at least the perception of a win and so they are using their manufactured Russian invasion “crisis” to tell everyone that the Biden administration will give a strong response to their manufactured crisis if Putin invades, even though he keeps saying he has no plans to do so. And then, they give a specific date that their manufactured crisis is going to happen and if it doesn’t, then it’s only because Joe Biden is such a brilliant tactician, a world-class leader who outsmarted and subdued the Russian military. And when it’s all over, Biden can go back to watching reruns of Matlock as they feed him handfuls of grapes.

This entire Ukraine situation was manufactured for political reasons and I think it’s horrible when a president will use such tactics to gain a perceived win and if the tactic goes south, could cost thousands of soldiers’ lives by the time everything is said and done.

Don’t believe me that this looks like a manufactured crisis? Did you see this exchange between State Department Spokesman Ned Price and veteran AP reporter Matt Lee? Price makes assertions that Putin is planning to create a false flag operation for the purpose of initiating military activity along the border of Ukraine.

Price said that the US government has information that Russia was planning to stage fabricated attacks by Ukraine forces as a pretext for a further invasion of Ukraine. In other words, the Stte Department spokesman said that US intelligence says Russian military members will wear Ukrainian military uniforms and act out a fake attack on Russian troops so that Putin can unleash his military at the border.

It’s such an absurd claim that Matt Lee demanded to see the proof that supports the claim and as you will see, Price can’t do it.

This is the kind of nonsense Democrats are willing to go through to make themselves look good to the American people and the world. We have a group of world-class screwups who are running our country and it looks like they manufactured this Russia-Ukraine invasion for no other reason than to make Joe Biden and the Biden administration appear to be strong in the face of Putin and his military. Think of the money that this false flag operation is costing the taxpayers to pull off. Worse yet, think of the potential loss of life if hostilities do break out because of the amount of hype our side has been engaging in. This is not leadership. This is a scam.