Vice President Kamala Harris recently attempted to distance herself from President Joe Biden’s call for a regime change in Russia, the Daily Caller reports.
Biden called for a regime change during the speech that he gave in Poland last Saturday. This took place during Biden’s recent trip to Europe where he discussed the Russia-Ukraine conflict with America’s NATO allies.
The president, referring to Russian President Vladimir Putin, said, “For God’s sake, this man cannot remain in power.”
“Let me be very clear”
Harris was asked about Biden’s call for a regime change during an appearance Friday on MSNBC. There, host Joy Reid asked Harris if she agrees with what Biden said. Harris began by dodging the question.
Listen, I think that you frame the point quite accurately and well, that America’s policy has been and will continue to be focused on the real issue at hand which is one, the needs of the Ukrainian people, which we will continue to support through humanitarian assistance and security assistance, but also insuring that there’s going to be serious consequences for Vladimir Putin and Russian aggression as it relates to Ukraine.
As you can see, Harris not only dodged the question, but she did so in the most long-winded way possible. Her answer didn’t even stop there. She went on to talk about her own trip to Europe and about more severe sanctions that will be placed by the West on Russia.
When Harris finally finished, Reid asked, “So no luck on getting you to weigh in on whether he [Putin] should remain?” Then, Harris finally answered the question.
“Well no, listen, let me be very clear,” Harris said. “We are not into regime change and that is not our policy. Period.”
Why didn’t she start with that?
Harris is the latest member of the Biden administration to try to walk back Biden’s call for a regime change in Russia.
The cleanup job began shortly after Biden made the remark with the White House claiming: “The president’s point was that Putin cannot be allowed to exercise power over his neighbors or the region. He was not discussing Putin’s power in Russia, or regime change.”
Biden, himself, has also denied that he called for Putin to be removed.