“So there’s a bit of a different tactic, a bit of a different approach and that’s probably why President Biden and not his predecessor was able to rally the world and the global community in taking steps against Russia’s aggression.”
Twitter enjoyed Psaki’s takedown, with one Twitter user calling her the “gold standard of press secretaries”:
She is the gold standard of press secretaries. Always prepared. Always.
It follows Biden announcing a string of sanctions against Russia. Two large financial institutions, Russian sovereign debt, and “Russia’s elites and their family members” are now facing sanctions. He also said they would back Germany in blocking the Nord Stream 2 gas pipeline from Russia.
Biden warned that this is the “first tranche” of sanctions, and said he would “escalate sanctions if Russia escalates”.
“I said, ‘How smart is that?’ And he’s gonna go in and be a peacekeeper.”
He added: "Here's a guy who's very savvy… I know him very well."
Trump also said: “This never would have happened with us. Had I been in office, not even thinkable.”
A similar sentiment was echoed in a statement retweeted by Liz Harrington, Trump’s spokesperson.
Harrington retweeted a statement posted by Margo Martin, the deputy director of communications for “Save America” and Trump.
NEW FROM 45: \n\n\u201cIf properly handled, there was absolutely no reason that the situation currently happening in Ukraine should have happened at all. I know Vladimir Putin very well, and he would have never done during the Trump Administration what he is doing now\u2026\u201dpic.twitter.com/CPWjgioeZO
It read: "If properly handled, there was absolutely no reason that the situation currently happening in Ukraine should have happened at all. I know Vladimir Putin very well, and he would have never done during the Trump administration what he is doing now, no way!"