Last week in Biden’s interview with ABC News, he called Putin a ‘killer’ and suggested he would “pay a price” for interfering in the 2020 election. Putin wasn’t happy about that comment and responded by calling out Biden to debate him ‘live’, saying he thinks that would be ‘interesting’:
Here’s more from Fox News:
The White House seemingly turned down an invitation for a “live” public conversation with Russian President Vladimir Putin, saying President Biden is “quite busy” this weekend.
Putin, on Thursday, challenged Biden to an on-air conversation to discuss his latest warning that Putin would “pay a price” following a report containing evidence of attempted Russian interference in the 2020 presidential election. Biden had also agreed that the Russian president was a killer.
Putin told a reporter in Moscow on Thursday that he wanted “to invite President Biden to continue our discussion, but on the condition that we actually do it live.”
“But with no delays, directly in an open, direct discussion,” Putin said, suggesting they hold the live conversation as soon as Friday or Monday, adding that as the world’s two leading superpowers, he thought the dialogue would prove interesting for the American and Russian people, as well as for the international community.
“We are ready any time that is convenient for the American side,” Putin added.
During the White House press briefing Thursday, press secretary Jen Psaki was asked about Putin’s request.
“I don’t have anything to report to you in terms of a future meeting,” Psaki said. “The president will, of course, be in Georgia tomorrow and quite busy.”
The White House National Security Council did not have additional comment.
The request came after Biden made headlines this week following an interview with ABC’s George Stephanopoulos, when the president was asked if he thought Putin was a “killer,” to which he answered, “I do.”
Putin responded Thursday by saying, “It takes one to know one.”
Psaki, on Thursday, when asked by reporters if Biden regretted his remarks, said, “Nope.”
“The president gave a direct answer to a direct question,” she added.
Calling for a live debate on TV is Putin’s way of clearly mocking Biden and his ‘dementia’, knowing full well that that Biden has mental issues and that he, nor his White House would ever agree to it.
Fox News also points out that in response to the ‘killer’ comment Putin recalled his ambassador, something that hasn’t been done in more than 20 years.