“We haven’t faced the prospect of Armageddon since Kennedy and the Cuban Missile Crisis” Biden said Thursday During the fundraiser, reference was made to the October 1962 crisis that brought the United States and the Soviet Union to the brink of nuclear war for nearly two weeks.
On Sunday, on ABC’s “This Week,” National Security Council spokesman John Kirby said: “The president reflects the very high stakes that are being played right now.”
Kirby added of Putin: “Neither we nor our allies are going to be intimidated by this, and we are going to continue to provide the support and security assistance that Ukraine needs.”
Pompeo said the Biden administration would have been better off using “quiet diplomacy” in pushing Putin to understand the consequences of using nuclear weapons. “I hope they’re doing this quietly,” he told Shannon Bream.
In discussion Saturday’s bombing At the Kerch Bridge, which connects Russia to Crimea, a territory annexed by Putin in 2014, Pompeo said: “My guess is that the Ukrainians had something to do with it.”
Regardless of who damaged the bridge, Pompeo said the attack represented a symbolic defeat for Putin, noting that the bridge was opened with great ceremony by Putin in May 2018. “In different historical eras … people dreamed of building this bridge,” Putin He then told the workers. “Then they came back to it in the 1930s, 40s, 50s. Finally, thanks to your work and your talent, the miracle happened.
On Sunday, Pompeo said the attack on the bridge was another sign of how badly Russia’s war against Ukraine had gone.
“The Russian military is seriously failing,” Pompeo said.
Representative. Don Bacon (R-Neb.) sees Putin’s situation as increasingly desperate.
“I think Vladimir Putin is a cornered animal,” he said on NBC’s “Meet the Press.” “I think he’s unpredictable, unstable right now. He’s being beaten to pieces in Ukraine and he’s embarrassed.
But former General Wesley Clark, who previously served as NATO’s top allied commander for Europe, said Putin’s threatening language was an attempt to drive a wedge into the West and encourage Western leaders to seek a negotiated settlement that would legitimize Putin’s takeover. Land from Ukraine.
“When Putin says no one can win a nuclear war, why is he threatening nuclear war?” Clark said on CNN’s “Fareed Zakaria GPS.”
“Because this is basically a psychological effort against the United States, and people like Donald Trump are taking it and want to reduce the West’s willingness and determination to help the Ukrainians in this fight.”