President Joe Biden made a number of alarming statements during his trip to Poland, including a brow-raising response to how the United States would respond should Russia deploy chemical weapons during its invasion of Ukraine.
According to Breitbart, when Biden was asked how he and/or NATO would respond to the Russians using chemical weapons against Ukrainians, Biden stated that it would trigger a “response in kind,” which by definition means that chemical weapons would then be used against Russia.
“It would trigger a response in kind,” Biden told the reporter who asked the question. “The nature of the response would depend on the nature of the use.”
The confused, rambling U.S. president added: “Whether or not you’re asking whether NATO would cross… we would make that decision at the time.”
White House panics
Biden’s White House officials have earned their paychecks during the president’s trip to Europe, having to perform damage control around every corner, after nearly every speech or press conference given by the cognitively challenged commander-in-chief.
As Fox News noted, White House national security adviser Jake Sullivan was forced to go on-air almost immediately after Biden suggested that the U.S would deploy chemical weapons as a response.
“We will collect the form and nature of our response based on the nature of the action Russia takes,” Sullivan said. “And we’ll do so in coordination with our allies.”
He made a point to clarify that the U.S. has “no intention” of using chemical weapons.
“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 added.
Putin in a corner
The growing fear that Vladimir Putin could resort to using chemical weapons comes as the Russian leader struggles to accomplish objectives that included securing what many believed early on would be a relatively easy invasion of Ukraine.
Many fear that as a show of force to signal that he’s still in control, Putin is considering not only chemical weapons, but also keeping tactical nuclear weapons on the table as the ultimate last resort.
Only time will tell if Putin crosses the “red line” in using such weapons, but perhaps even more frightening is how badly President Biden would likely botch the West’s response to such a scenario.