Biden Says He’s ‘Not Walking Back’ Putin Comments, Adds He’s ‘Not Articulating Policy Change’

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President Joe Biden told reporters Monday he is “not walking back” his Saturday comments when he said that Russian President Vladimir Putin “should not remain in power.”

Biden made the initial comment about the Russian leader at the end of a speech in Warsaw, Poland when he said, “for God’s sake this man cannot remain in power.” Earlier in the day, Biden referred to Putin as a “butcher.”

The White House then seemed to walk back the president’s comment in a statement saying “the president’s point was that Putin cannot be allowed to exercise power over his neighbors or the region. He was not discussing Putin’s power in Russia, or regime change.”

Taking questions from reporters Monday, Biden said he is “not walking anything back” adding that he was speaking of his outrage at Putin’s actions in Ukraine and not articulating a change in U.S. policy.

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