President Joe Biden chuckled and then went silent Monday at the NATO summit after a reporter asked him about Russian President Vladimir Putin.
“In a weekend interview, Vladimir Putin laughed at the suggestion that you had called him a ‘killer,'” a CNN reporter asked. “Is that still your belief, sir, that he is a killer?”
The reporter followed with a second question, also asking, “Do you believe if he does agree to cooperate, then what kind of a challenge do you find yourself in? How would you ever trust him? And if Ronald Reagan said, ‘trust, but verify,’ what do you say to Vladimir Putin?” (RELATED: ‘I Wish You Good Health’: Putin Responds To Biden’s ‘Killer’ Comments)
Biden laughed and then replied, “The answer to the first question?…. I’m laughing too. Well, actually I… well look, I mean he has made clear that uh, uhh… ”
Biden then paused for seven seconds.
He added, “The answer is, I believe he has in the past essentially acknowledged that he was — there are certain things that he would do or did do. But look, when I was asked that question on air, I answered it honestly, but it’s not much of a — I don’t think it matters a whole lot in terms of this next meeting we’re about to have.”
The leader of the free world’s brain just completely broke when he was asked if Putin is a “killer” pic.twitter.com/q1pEK4nMFp
— Caleb Hull (@CalebJHull) June 14, 2021
To answer the second question, Biden responded, “I verify first and then trust.”
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