Vice President Kamala Harris just made it clear that she is not in agreement with President Joe Biden’s recent call for Russian President Vladimir Putin to be removed from power, Fox News reports.
Harris indicated as much during an interview Friday on MSNBC with host Joy Reid.
At one point during the interview, Reid asked Harris if she agreed with Biden’s call for Putin to go. Harris, initially, tried to avoid the question.
Instead, Harris talked about the “serious consequences” that the Biden administration has for Putin in response to his invasion of Ukraine. As an example, she noted the “severe sanctions” that have been put in place, which she claims are “having a real impact and an immediate impact, not to mention the longer-term impact.” Harris also talked about her own recent trip to Europe.
Reid tried to get Harris back to the question of whether she agrees with Biden’s call for Putin to go by asking her whether the sanctions placed on Putin ought to remain in place as long as Putin is leading Russia. After another long-winded response, Harris concluded by saying that the sanctions “will last as long as these atrocities and this aggression is continuing.”
Reid, then, tried one more time, asking, “So, no luck on getting you to weigh in on whether he should be — whether he should remain?”
Harris finally answered the question: “Listen, let me be very clear, let me be very clear: we are not into regime change and that is not our policy, period,” she said.
Harris is now the latest member of the Biden administration to contradict what the president said during his recent speech in Poland. “For God’s sake, this man cannot remain in power,” Biden said, referring to Putin.
This prompted the White House to immediately enter into clean-up mode. It did so by trying to claim that Biden didn’t say what he said.
“The president’s point was that Putin cannot be allowed to exercise power over his neighbors or the region,” the White House said. “He was not discussing Putin’s power in Russia, or regime change.”
The concern, of course, is that Biden’s statement could help to bring about a direct confrontation between the United States and Russia. Russia initially called Biden’s remark “alarming,” and, later, it said that only the Russian federation gets to choose who remains in power.