Biden showed Putin there was a new president in town by telling Putin he could have hit him even harder with sanctions, but chose not to do so now.
Biden warns Putin that if he continues to interfere with US democracy, further penalties will come. Pic.twitter.com/4p18jcHW6N
– Sarah Reese Jones (@PoliticusSarah) April 15, 2021
When President Putin called me in January after I was sworn in to congratulate myself, I told him that now that we had access to all the data and questions that would assess and then determine the role of Russia, my government would look very carefully What answer would we give. When we spoke again this week, I told him that we would shortly respond in a measured and proportionate manner, as we had concluded that they had interfered in the election and that SolarWinds was completely inappropriate.
Today I approved several moves, including the expulsion of several Russian officials as a result of their actions. I also signed an executive order authorizing new measures, including sanctions against certain harmful measures Russia has taken against US interests. With President Putin, it was clear to me that we could have gone further, but I decided against it. I chose proportionate. The United States does not want to initiate a cycle of escalation and conflict with Russia. We want a stable, predictable relationship. If Russia continues to interfere with our democracy, I am ready to take further action to respond.
Beneath the diplomatic tone was a clear message to Putin.
The message was I could have gone further now to punish you. I decided against it, but if you keep trying to interfere with US democracy, more pain will arise.
President Biden makes it clear that he is responsible. He has the ability to hurt Putin where it hurts and ruin Russia's fragile economy. There will be no more wild running. Actions will have consequences. Putin's puppet has been replaced by a president who makes it clear that Russia pays off if it messes with the United States.
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Mr. Easley is the Founder / Senior Editor, White House Press Pool, and a Congressional Correspondent for PoliticusUSA. Jason has a bachelor's degree in political science. His thesis focused on public order with a specialization in social reform movements.
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