Joe Biden refused to withdraw a controversial request for his Russian counterpart to retire from politics on March 28.
The U.S. president will not back down from demanding Vladimir Putin’s resignation because it is a matter of right and wrong.
“I am not walking anything back [and,] 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–just the brutality of it,” he said in a statement.
“I want to make it clear: I was not then, nor am I now, articulating a policy change [and] I was expressing the moral outrage that I feel, and I make no apologies for it,” he added.
The remarks came after the Democrat used an official visit to Poland to question Putin’s authority.
“For God’s sake this man cannot remain in power,” he said in an earlier statement.
The White House quickly distanced itself from any suggestion the Russian regime needs to change. The Kremlin fired back the offending comments were “alarming.”
Biden still doubts his Russian counterpart will use his words in state-run propaganda.
“I do not care what he thinks [and] look, here is the deal: he is going to do what he is going to do,” he said.
“This is a guy who goes to the beat of his own drummer and the idea that he is going to do something outrageous, because I called him for what he was and what he is doing–I think is just not rational,” he added.
Predecessor Donald Trump recently revealed his extroverted, sensing, thinking, and perceiving character helped prevent the United States from launching wars against other countries.
He also suggested the current Russia-Ukraine conflict was partly due to Biden’s failure to contain border tension between the two Eastern European countries.