Biden recently shocked the world by declaring that Ukrainian President Zelenskyy had been warned of the invasion in advance, though he didn’t “want to hear it.”
The callous remark, made at a swanky L.A. luncheon thousands of miles away from the war zone, caught Ukraine’s attention, with the nation promptly firing back that Biden seemed uninterested in preventive sanctions or other measures that could have mitigated the worst outcome of the conflict.
Now, the latest revelations from the White House reveal that Ukraine is likely to feel even more offput by Biden’s remarks, especially in contrast to the positions of his key cabinet members.
Secretary of Defense Lloyd Austin and Secretary of State Antony Blinken have openly supported the victory of Ukraine over Russia’s invasion, publicly declaring their unequivocal support of Ukraine.
However, Biden was apparently “not happy” with both cabinet members and ordered them to tone down their alleged rhetoric, per an anonymous official’s remarks to NBC News.
After Austin and Blinken’s remarks made headlines, they were apparently ordered into a conference call with Biden himself upon leaving Poland, apparently to be lectured over their public commentary.
Per numerous other administration officials, Biden apparently believed that both Austin and Blinken had apparently overstepped their authority in making those remarks.
Furthermore, the president also believes that a Ukraine victory is unrealistic, and he also wants to avoid an open conflict with Russia.
Per one official, the president “was not happy when Blinken and Austin talked about winning in Ukraine.”
“He was not happy with the rhetoric,” the official added.
Other senior officials indicated that Austin’s remarks had been misunderstood.
Across the board, numerous U.S. officials have demonstrated concerns that the war in Ukraine is becoming unsustainable, as well as deliberating whether or not Zelenskyy should alter his position to a more flexible stance.
Some believe Zelenskyy should “dial it back a little.”
Despite these overt discussions, Biden maintains the public position that Ukraine is solely responsible for its own decisions in ending or continuing the war.