Joe Biden calls Vladimir Putin a “son of a… weirdo”, the Kremlin denounces “shameful” comments

His detractors say he has diminished

Joe Biden calls Vladimir Putin a “son of a… weirdo”, the Kremlin denounces “shameful” comments

His detractors say he has diminished. But he still has his tongue out. Speaking to donors at a private residence in San Francisco on Wednesday, February 21, as part of a fundraising tour for his 2024 re-election campaign, Joe Biden deviated slightly from the script of his speech.

The US president warned that the threat of nuclear conflict still existed but that the existential threat to humanity remained climate change. “This is the latest existential threat. It's the climate. We have a crazy son of a bitch like this guy, Putin, and others, and we always have to worry about nuclear conflict, but the existential threat to humanity is climate,” Joe Biden told a small group of donors.

Dmitry Peskov, the Kremlin spokesperson, reacted on Thursday: “Such rude statements are not capable of hurting the leader of another state, let alone President Putin,” he said. “It is clear that Mr. Biden, for the benefit of national political interests, displays behavior in the style of a Hollywood cowboy. He would like that to be the case. I don’t think that’s possible.”

The attitude of the Republican Party

The American president also attacked the attitude of the Republican Party, which blocks aid to Ukraine and Israel. Mr. Biden, first elected to the Senate in 1972, said he served at the same time as "real racists ..., with (some) guys who have established a terrible track record." “But at least we could work with some of these guys. Time and time again, Republicans show that they are the party of chaos and division. »

He also attacked former President Donald Trump, who will in all probability be his opponent in November, and his reaction to the death in prison of Russian opponent Alexeï Navalny.

“Some of the things this man said… like when he compared himself to Navalny and said that because our country became a communist country, he was persecuted, just like Navalny was persecuted. I don’t know where that came from,” Joe Biden said. “If I had said that 10 or 15 years ago, you all would have thought I should be institutionalized,” he said. “It amazes me. »

This isn't the first time Joe Biden has used the term "SOB" to describe certain people. In January 2022, he used this expression against a Fox News journalist when he thought his microphone was off. The US president has previously deviated from the script in his speeches at fundraising events. In recent months, he has attacked the Chinese government, the Republican Party, and Israel for its bombings in the Gaza Strip.