Biden on Putin

March 28, 2022

For God’s sake, this man cannot remain in power.

United States President Biden in remarks he made in Poland about Russia’s war in Ukraine, here referring to Russian President Vladimir Putin.
  • This remark came at the end of an address that lasted about 25 minutes. Words like this really matter because it was a marked change from previous comments, AND because a major criticism of the U.S. by critics and adversaries is that America wants to remove and replace leaders around the world.
  • The president also notably attempted to set expectations for this conflict, echoing members of his leadership team: “This battle will not be won in days or months either. We need to steel ourselves for the long fight ahead.”
  • Why It Matters: The U.S. has not previously mentioned a Putin regime change as its goal during this conflict. The U.S. had to walk back these comments over the weekend, as some world leaders — such as France’s President Macron — publicly said such words could make negotiations with Pres. Putin more difficult.

Biden’s Remark on Putin Stirs Anxiety Among Western Allies

A transcript of the President address

by Jenna Lee,