(RepublicanPress.org) – Joe Biden made a lot of promises while campaigning for president. However, a fundraising ad of his recently resurfaced, leaving some questioning if he might have bitten off more than he could chew when it comes to his vows regarding Russia.
Biden prefaced the ad in a 2019 tweet by pushing the narrative that Russian President Vladimir Putin was interfering with US elections. “I’m going to stand up to [Putin],” Biden stated in the ad. Then, turning his attention to Putin, Biden promised, “[W]hen I’m president, things are going to change.”
Once again, Putin and the Russians are interfering in the elections and trying to pick our president — this time they're coming after me.
— Joe Biden (@JoeBiden) October 23, 2019
Yet, with tensions increasing daily in Ukraine, Biden’s response has stirred up some controversy. The Russian president formally recognized two breakaway Ukrainian territories on Monday, February 21, and quickly sent troops across Ukraine’s border as part of a so-called peacekeeping mission.
Later that day, Biden issued an executive order prohibiting new “investment, trade, and financing” in those regions by any US-based companies or individuals. On Tuesday, he followed up by announcing sanctions on Russia.
Democrats and Republicans alike have spoken out about Biden’s position regarding Russia, calling for tough action against the country. For instance, Republican Senators Lindsey Graham (R-SC) and Ted Cruz (R-TX) have pushed Biden to impose strict sanctions on Russia. Similarly, Sen. Bob Menendez (D-NJ) called for “crushing sanctions.”
After news outlets reported the launch of a full-scale invasion of Ukraine, Biden appeared on Thursday and announced more sanctions. Some of the measures include blocking multiple banks, restricting Russia’s military, restricting over a dozen Russian state-owned enterprises and more. However, critics have noted that he didn’t announce plans for the US and allies to cut Russia off from the SWIFT banking program or to sanction Putin directly.
Biden remains under scrutiny as the media debates about whether his sanctions are strong, or if he’s still holding back. Do you think Biden is keeping his promise to stand up to Putin?
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