President Biden insisted he was not walking back remarks that Vladimir Putin “cannot remain in power.”
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“I'm not walking anything back,” Biden said. “The fact of the matter is I was expressing the moral outrage I felt toward the way Putin is dealing and the actions of this man, which is just brutality.” Biden noted that he felt that outrage after meeting with refugees in Warsaw, Poland.
“I want to make it clear, I wasn't then nor am I now articulating a policy change,” he said. “I was expressing moral outrage that I feel. I make no apologies for it." The president also said he doesn't believe his comments complicate the diplomatic efforts to end the war or escalate the hostilities.
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