The White House is, once again, trying to clean up another mess made by President Joe Biden.
This time, according to Fox News, the White House is trying to explain away Biden’s recent suggestion that we are on the brink of “Armageddon.”
Biden’s “Armageddon” comment came on Thursday, during a fundraiser for the Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee.
There, Biden spoke about the recent nuclear weapons threat made by Russian President Vladimir Putin. Amid the ongoing war with Ukraine, Putin, last month, said:
I want to remind you that our country also has various means of destruction, and for separate components and more modern than those of NATO countries, and when the territorial integrity of our country is threatened, to protect Russia and our people, we will certainly use all the means at our disposal.
Biden, on Thursday, said, “[Putin was] not joking when he talks about the use of tactical nuclear weapons or biological or chemical weapons. We have not faced the prospect of Armageddon since Kennedy and the Cuban Missile Crisis.”
“I don’t think there is any such a thing as the ability to easily use a tactical weapon and not end up with Armageddon,” Biden added.
The White House responds
As the Washington Examiner reports, “the president’s grim assertion sent shock waves around the world and appeared to go beyond the scope of current U.S. intelligence assessments.”
On Friday, the White House, accordingly, had to enter into clean-up mode.
White House Press Secretary Karine Jean-Pierre, speaking with reporters aboard Air Force One, claimed, “we have not seen any reason to adjust our own strategic nuclear posture, nor do we have indications that Russia is preparing to imminently use nuclear weapons.”
“The kind of irresponsible rhetoric we have seen is no way for the leader of a nuclear-armed state to speak, and that’s what the president was making very clear,” Jean-Pierre added.
Be that as it may, the damage from Biden has already been done here, and other world leaders are letting him know about it. French President Emmanuel Macron, on Friday, urged other world leaders to “speak with prudence when commenting on such matters” as nuclear weapons threats.