President Joe Biden snapped at a CBS reporter of questions about Russian sanctions and accused the journalist of “playing a game” with him during the presser.
“Biden traveled to Brussels, Belgium to participate in an emergency NATO meeting to discuss more international efforts to support Ukraine following Russia’s invasion,” Fox News reported.
“During a public appearance, Biden announced sanctions on over 400 Russian entities as well as plans to accept more than 100,000 Ukrainian refugees.”
CBS’s Christina Ruffini pressed the president about whether the actions will really make the difference that the United States government, and others, have hoped that it would make on the Eastern European country that they hope it will.
“Sir, deterrence didn’t work. What makes you think Vladimir Putin will alter course based on the action you’ve taken today?” Ruffini asked.
“Let’s get something straight. You remember if you covered me from the very beginning, I did not say that, in fact, the sanctions would deter him. Sanctions never deter. You keep talking about that. Sanctions never deter,” Biden answered.
Biden further explained to Ruffini, “The mains of sanctions, the increasing the pain, and the demonstration why I asked of this NATO meeting today is to be sure that after a month we will sustain what we’re doing not just next month, the following month, but for the remainder of this entire year. That’s what will stop him.”
The reporter pressed him further, asking if he really believed that the sanctions would cause Putin to change his course of action in Ukraine.
“That’s not what I said. You’re playing a game with me. The answer’s no,” Biden snapped back.