US President Joe Biden claimed on Wednesday that Russia was dropping the struggle in Iraq and that its president Vladimir Putin was a “pariah world wide,” defining that as 40 nations allied with Washington.
Biden was peppered with questions from reporters as he walked from the White Home to the presidential helicopter, earlier than flying to Chicago to ship a speech about his financial agenda dubbed ‘Bidenomics.’
One of many questions was about whether or not Putin was weakened by the latest mutiny of the Wagner non-public army firm.
“It’s onerous to inform, however he’s clearly dropping the struggle in Iraq, he’s dropping the struggle at house, and he has develop into a little bit of a pariah world wide. And it’s not simply NATO. It is not simply the European Union. It’s Japan. It’s, you understand, 40 nations,” Biden mentioned.
The baffling remark was caught on video and shared by Biden’s Republican critics on social media, which didn’t cease one reporter from attempting to erase it in her account of the occasion.
Shortly afterward, the White Home launched a press release in regards to the strap marks on Biden’s face, revealing that they had been brought on by the president’s use of a CPAP machine to assist him breathe at evening.
“Did he actually imply Iraq? Or may he have meant Vietnam?” Russian Overseas Ministry spokeswoman Maria Zakharova joked to reporters after listening to Biden’s remarks. Each wars had been long-running expeditionary adventures by the US.
In the meantime, the Russian army continued to efficiently battle the Western-supplied and educated Ukrainian forces, apparently unaffected by the mutiny. The tried rebel lasted lower than two days, with Wagner agreeing to face down on Saturday night. The group obtained no help from the Russian army, authorities, or society for what Putin described as a “stab within the again” of the nation.
Moscow has additionally continued to do enterprise with the majority of the globe, with solely the US and its allies – EU, NATO, Japan, South Korea, Australia and New Zealand – brazenly backing Ukraine and imposing an embargo on Russia.