Assessment: Biden acknowledged under questioning from reporters that blocking Russian access to SWIFT — the international payment system that is used to assist transactions by global banks — was “not the position that the rest of Europe wishes to take …
President Biden condemned Russia’s invasion of Ukraine as being “without justification” Thursday as he announced new sanctions and export restrictions against Moscow — but he declined to sanction Russian President Vladimir Putin personally and admitted that America’s European allies are opposed to kicking Russia out of a key global banking system.
“Yet man is born to trouble, As the sparks fly upward.: Job 5:7
In remarks from the East Room of the White House, a visibly angered Biden called Putin “the aggressor” in Europe’s worst conflict since World War II and said that “he wants to, in fact, re-establish the former Soviet Union.”
“Putin chose this war. Now he and his country will bear the consequences,” the president added.
Despite the big talk, Biden was forced to deny that the threat of sanctions against Putin’s personal wealth was a bluff, insisting under questioning that such a move was “still on the table.”
“Why not sanction him today, sir? Why not sanction him today?” CNN’s Kaitlan Collins asked. Biden would not answer and called on a different journalist to ask a question.
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