In a wide-ranging ABC exclusive almost nine-minute interview, George Snuffleupagous sat down with President Joe Biden. (video embedded) A partial transcript of the March 17 interview, selected quotes:
“Biden also told Stephanopoulos that he agreed Russian President Vladimir Putin was a “killer” and would “pay a price” for interfering in U.S. elections.
“Putin is ‘going to pay’
The United States’ chief intelligence office on Tuesday released an unclassified report on foreign meddling in the 2020 election that concluded Russian President Vladimir Putin oversaw sweeping efforts aimed at “denigrating” President Joe Biden’s candidacy.
Biden told Stephanopoulos that he had warned Putin about a potential response during a call in late January.
“He will pay a price,” Biden said. “We had a long talk, he and I, when we — I know him relatively well. And the conversation started off, I said, ‘I know you and you know me. If I establish this occurred, then be prepared.”
He did say, though, that it was possible to “walk and chew gum at the same time for places where it’s in our mutual interest to to work together.”
Things will ‘change’ with Saudi Arabia in wake of Khashoggi killing
Stephanopoulos also pressed Biden on why he had not punished Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman personally after U.S. intelligence concluded that the crown prince had approved an operation to capture or kill Saudi dissident Jamal Khashoggi. As a candidate, Biden had promised a strong response to Saudi leaders.”
“”We held accountable all the people in that organization — but not the crown prince, because we have never that I’m aware of, when we have an alliance with a country, gone to the acting head of state and punished that person and ostracized him,” Biden said.”
The ‘unclassified report’ link goes to ‘Intel report finds Russia, Iran tried to influence 2020 election; the report also found that China did not seek to interfere with the vote, March 16, abcnews.com
“”Foreign malign influence is an enduring challenge facing our country,” Director of National Intelligence Avril Haines said in a statement on Tuesday. “These efforts by U.S. adversaries seek to exacerbate divisions and undermine confidence in our democratic institutions.”
“The intelligence community’s declassified report, which omits some details that may otherwise expose sensitive sources and methods, reflects the most comprehensive review of the government’s ongoing efforts to combat foreign meddling in U.S. elections.”
And who might Avril Haines be? Medea Benjamin and Winograd weighed in on Dec. 29, 2020 Oh, my; what an illustrious CV she’s accrued over time!
This is an eye witness’s video of Grizzly Vladamir Putin trying to kill a Russian dissident on a Siberian street. (h/t RT.com) Luckily, Biden and Haines were driving the green bus; whew!
(cross-posted at caucus99ercent.com)