Wednesday, May 18, 2022

White House responds to allegations that Biden cracked trust in Putin

An important meeting between President Joe Biden and Russian President Vladimir Putin is underway in Geneva, Switzerland.

Before their meeting on Wednesday, the two leaders shook hands before going to the closed-door talks, but commented to reporters. During a media scrum and amid great security, a reporter asked Biden if he trusted Putin, in which he apparently nodded up and down.

“Biden looked at her and nodded in confirmation,” according to a White House pool reporter

But White House officials later said he did not agree with the question.

“It was a chaotic scrum with reporters shouting at each other. President Biden very clearly does not respond to any question, but generally nods in recognition of the press, “Kate Bedingfield, director of the White House, told reporters on Wednesday.

And White House press secretary Jen Psaki also backed down on the allegation that Biden nodded in confirmation of the question.

‘During a chaotic freedom for all with press members shouting questions about each other, the president gives a general nod in the direction of the media. “He did not respond to any question or anything other than the chaos,” Psaki said of the incident.

The two leaders made several comments before their hour-long meeting.

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President Joe Biden prepares to shake up Russian President Vladimir Putin ahead of US-Russian summit at Villa La Grange in Geneva on June 16, 2021. (Photo by Brendan Smialowski / AFP)

“Mr. President, I would like to thank you for your initiative to meet today,” Putin said as he sat next to Biden on Wednesday. “US and Russian relations have many issues meeting at the highest level,” he added.

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Meanwhile, Biden said the United States wanted a ‘predictable and rational’ relationship with Moscow, referring to the United States and Russia as ‘two major powers’.

“I think it is always better to meet face to face, to try to determine where we have a common interest, to work together,” the president also remarked.

Both leaders noted in the run-up to their summit that relations between the two countries were at a low point. Federal officials have said they believe Russian – based non-Kremlin – linked ransomware hackers have targeted key infrastructure and businesses in the United States in recent weeks, including the 5,500-mile-long Colonial Pipeline last month and JBS Foods a few weeks ago.

The FBI also claims that behind the drastic cyber-security breach, Moscow is targeting SolarWinds software used by various agencies.

Other issues likely to be addressed during the meeting include the massive build-up of Russia along the border with the Donbas region in Ukraine and the treatment of Russian dissident Alexei Navalny, who claims to have been poisoned by Putin.

Earlier this year, the United States granted more sanctions against Russian financial institutions for violating SolarWinds, as well as alleged election interference during the 2020 election.

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“The issue of state-sponsored cyberattacks of such magnitude and magnitude remains a serious matter for the United States,” White House National Security Adviser Jake Sullivan told reporters earlier this month. “It will be a conversation between the presidents.”

In an interview with NBC News last week, Putin denied that Russia was involved in the cyber attacks or interference in the election.

“We have been accused of all sorts of things,” Putin said. “Interference in the election, cyber attacks, and so on and so forth. And not once, not once, not once, did they bother to provide any kind of evidence or proof. Just unfounded accusations. ”

Separately, Biden told reporters on Sunday that he would not hold a joint press conference with Putin – as former President Donald Trump did during their 2019 meeting – arguing that it would lead to unbridled speculation in the press.

“I always found out, and I do not want to suggest that the press should not know it, but it is not a contest about who can do better before a press conference or try to embarrass each other,” Biden said.

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