Biden Has Tense Exchange with Reporter [Video]
President Joe Biden had a tense exchange with a CBS News reporter who questioned his imposing additional sanctions against Russia.
CBS’s Eena Ruffini asked Biden: “Deterrence didn’t work. What makes you think Vladimir Putin will alter course based on the action you have taken today?”
“Let’s get something straight … I did not say that in fact the sanctions would deter him,” Biden said at a press conference.
“Sanctions never deter — you keep talking about that — sanctions never deter. The maintenance of sanctions, the maintenance of sanctions, the increasing the pain and the demonstration, why I asked for this NATO meeting today, is to be sure that after a month, we will sustain what we’re doing not just next month, the following month, but for the remainder of this entire year, that’s what will stop him,” he continued, raising his voice.
Ruffini then asked Biden if he believes that “the actions today will have an impact on making Russia change course in Ukraine?”
“That’s not what I said. You’re playing a game with me,” Biden responded.
“The answer’s no.”