The past several days have been a war of words between Joe Biden and Vladimir Putin.
It all started when Biden called Putin a “killer with no soul” during an interview with George Stephanopoulos.
US President Joe Biden said in an interview with ABC Wednesday that he believes Vladimir Putin is a ‘killer,’ and promised that the Russian president will ‘pay a price’ for interfering in the 2020 U.S. elections. pic.twitter.com/xF7nVaXnr5
— ANews (@anews) March 17, 2021
Putin responded to Biden commenting “it takes one to know one.”
And Russia immediately pulled its ambassador to the United States.
President Joe Biden does not regret calling Russian President Vladimir Putin a killer during a national television interview, White House press secretary Jen Psaki said https://t.co/a5wRqlJnXQ pic.twitter.com/rFtJu3xPoV
— Reuters (@Reuters) March 18, 2021
Vladimir Putin has responded to US President Joe Biden's accusation that he is a "killer" – by saying "it takes one to know one".
The Russian president said he wishes Biden "good health".
— Sky News (@SkyNews) March 18, 2021
Whatever you think about Putin, he’s a savvy player.
And he is clearly aware of Biden’s cognitive decline.
Other Russian officials even commented publicly about Biden’s mental state:
Russia speaks out after Biden describes Putin as A KILLER!!
Andrei Turchak, the leader of the main pro-Kremlin United Russia party, described Biden’s remarks as a reflection of "the U.S. political marasmus and its leader’s dementia"!!!
— George (@George28601554) March 18, 2021
So, it comes as no surprise for Putin to challenge Biden to a live debate with no stoppages.
Putin knows Biden isn’t up for the task and backed him into a corner.
Putin just challenged Joe Biden to an unscripted live debate.
The whole world knows that we have no leadership at the top just an empty suit with a teleprompter (and he can’t even get that right).
They look at America’s weakness right now and are salivating.
— Donald Trump Jr. (@DonaldJTrumpJr) March 18, 2021
NEW: Russian Pres. Vladimir Putin has reacted to Pres. Joe Biden calling him a "killer" by challenging Biden to take part in a conversation with him broadcast live online. https://t.co/8MCcu3y2u5
— ABC News (@ABC) March 18, 2021
Vladimir Putin challenging @JoeBiden to have an open and live discussion with him in front of the world because he knows that senile Biden cannot do that is objectively hilarious.
Knowing that world leaders are openly mocking the sham of our election results is objectively sad.
— Candace Owens (@RealCandaceO) March 19, 2021
Why did Vladimir Putin just challenge Joe Biden to a live, unscripted debate — other than because Biden is senile and the laughing stock of the world?
— Paul A. Szypula, US Senate Candidate for NY in ‘22 (@Bubblebathgirl) March 19, 2021
Fox’s @JenGriffinFNC confirms Russian President Putin has challenged Joe Biden to a live debate: “I want to invite Biden to continue this discussion on the condition that we do it live, online without any delay in an open, direct discussion. I think it would interesting.” pic.twitter.com/6QDmzSf1Va
— TV News HQ (@TVNewsHQ) March 19, 2021
And what was Biden’s response?
I’m ‘quite busy.’
Sure Sleepy Joe, that’s the reason why you can’t debate Putin.
But you can appear on ABC News and have George Stephanopoulos make googly eyes at you.
Putin is openly mocking Biden knowing he doesn’t have the mental capacity for a full discussion.
And he called his bluff.
Another embarrassment on the world stage for the Biden Administration.
The New York Post reported:
The White House shut down a request by Russia’s Vladimir Putin to hold a public conversation – perhaps on Zoom – with President Biden, saying the commander-in-chief is “quite busy.”
Putin went on state-TV after Biden referred to him as a “killer” in an interview Wednesday and said he was ready to hold talks with Biden on the relationship between the two countries and other regional conflicts.
He said said he would have his foreign ministry set something up for Friday or Monday.
But White House press secretary Jen Psaki quickly rebuffed the invitation and the tiff over the “killer” comments, saying Putin and Biden have “different perspectives on their respective countries.”
“We are confident that we can continue to look for ways where there’s a mutual interest – mutual national interest,” Psaki said. ”But the president is not going to hold back, clearly, when he has concerns, whether it is with words or actions.”
She also said that Biden and Putin talked in January “even as there are more world leaders that he has not yet engaged with.”
“I don’t have anything to report to you in terms of a future meeting. The president will, of course, be in Georgia tomorrow and quite busy,” Psaki added.
In the interview with ABC’s George Stephanopoulos, Biden was asked if he thought Putin was a “killer.”
“I do,” the president said.
Biden also claimed he and the Russian leader had a conversation about the fact that he doesn’t believe Putin has a soul.
Biden said he told the Russian leader, “I said, ‘I looked through your eyes, and I don’t think you have a soul,’ ” the president told ABC’s George Stephanopoulos — and Putin looked back and replied, “We understand each other.”
Putin went on Russian TV to shoot back, telling Biden “it takes one to know one” and wishing the US president “good health” without “any irony or joke.”
“We always see our own traits in other people and think they are like how we really are. And as a result, we assess (a person’s) activities and give assessments,” Putin said.
Russia has recalled its ambassador to Washington, DC in retaliation and demanded that Biden apologize to Putin for the “killer” comment.