Biden calls Putin ‘worthy opponent’ ahead of meeting – –

Biden calls Putin ‘worthy opponent’ ahead of meeting – –

“I think he’s, in the past, basically acknowledged that he was, there were certain things he would do or that he did,” he said. “But look, when I was asked this question on the air, I answered it honestly. I don’t think that matters much in terms of this next meeting that we’re about to have.

Biden used a late-night press conference on Monday to defend himself against criticism that he should not meet with Putin following a variety of ongoing assaults by Russian actors. Even his fellow Democratic lawmakers urged him to be tough on Putin.

But Biden said although the media criticized the timeline, he did not speak with a world leader during his trip to Europe who disagrees with the meeting.


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