President Biden raised numerous problems with Putin on his first phone call and made it clear that Russia's free ride is over.
Spokeswoman Jen Psaki described the call to reporters:
Biden takes on Putin and makes him aware of various issues, including the Russian bounty for US troops in Afghanistan. pic.twitter.com/aqjHHsaLz4
– Sarah Reese Jones (@PoliticusSarah) January 26, 2021
I can confirm the call was scheduled. I think the call happened because since I got out of here we will of course read the call aloud, but since you gave me the opportunity, I will just tell you that he called him – called President Putin this afternoon with the intention of doing so to discuss our willingness to extend the new START for five years, and also to reiterate our strong support for the sovereignty of Ukraine in the face of ongoing Russian aggression, and also to discuss worrying issues, including reports of solar winds from Russia, the bounty for US soldiers in Afghanistan, meddling in the 2020 elections, poisoning of Alexei Navalny and treatment of peaceful protesters by Russian security forces.
His intention was also to make it clear that the United States will act resolutely against our national interests in order to respond to malicious actions by Russia. But we have an ad for you. I guess sometime in the early afternoon.
Trump did not bring up the Russian bounties for US soldiers. In fact, he refused to believe it had happened. Trump never defended Ukraine or discussed the massive Russian hack on US government systems. In fact, Trump was not facing Putin at all.
America now has a President who puts America first, and that means defending the US and punishing Russian aggression.
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Mr. Easley is the Founder / Senior Editor, White House Press Pool, and a Congressional Correspondent for PoliticusUSA. Jason has a bachelor's degree in political science. His thesis focused on public order with a specialization in social reform movements.
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