‘Clean up on isle 46’: White House scrambles after Biden says ‘butcher’ Putin ‘cannot remain in power’

(Video: Fox News)

President Joe Biden continued issuing comments in Poland that went unapproved by his White House handlers, this time leaving the public relations team walking back a statement that “butcher” Russian President Vladimir Putin can’t simply un-hear.

Biden capped off his visit to Poland with an address in front of the Royal Castle in Warsaw meant to reaffirm the United States commitment to protecting the NATO alliance and any NATO territory that may come under threat by Russia should they escalate beyond their invasion of Ukraine. His most controversial remarks came at the end after addressing the Russian people directly.

“A dictator bent on rebuilding an empire will never erase the people’s love for liberty. Brutality will never grind down the will to be free. Ukraine will never be a victory for Russia, for free people refuse to live in a world of hopelessness and darkness,” Biden stated. “We will have a different future, a brighter future rooted in democracy and principle, hope and light, of decency and dignity, of freedom and possibilities.”

Then, before closing off his speech, Biden remarked, “For God’s sake, this man cannot remain in power.”

“The President’s point was that Putin cannot be allowed to exercise power over his neighbors or the region,” a White House official told Fox News Digital after the speech as they quickly did damage control. “He was not discussing Putin’s power in Russia, or regime change.”

Former Defense Intelligence Agency officer, and author of “Putin’s Playbook: Russia’s Secret Plan to Defeat America,” Rebekah Koffler agreed that Putin “heard loud and clear a call for regime change.”

Koffler added that Putin has been suspicious of Washington efforts toward forcing regime change in his nation for sometime. She expressed the possibility of a “color revolution” meant to orchestrate an uprising by the people to oust their president.

This is not so far-fetched when Biden’s direct address to Russian citizens is considered. He stated, “This is not who you are. This is not the future you deserve for your families and your children. I’m telling you the truth. This war is not worthy of you, the Russian people. Putin can and must end this war. The American people will stand with you and the brave citizens of Ukraine who want peace.”

While the Biden administration’s policy is to avoid escalating tensions in the region, Biden has done little to make that stance clear. In the hours leading up to his speech in Warsaw the president had called Putin a “butcher” when speaking with Ukrainian refugees.

Perhaps worse than that, when visiting American troops stationed in Poland Biden foreshadowed what they would see when, not if, they went into Ukraine, “You’re going to see when you’re there, you’re going to see women, young people standing in the middle, in the front of a damn tank saying ‘I’m not leaving. I’m holding my ground.'”

This too forced a spokesperson to explain, “The president has been clear we are not sending US troops to Ukraine and there is no change in that position.”

On the suggested call to oust Putin, Koffler told Fox News Digital, “I would be interested in knowing whether that was in his TelePrompTer or not, because people who create his speeches have a responsibility for the American people to minimize security threats. And if they put something like that in his TelePrompTer, that means those people are incompetent.”


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