Vox correspondent Ian Millhiser poked fun at the criticism, quipping: “George Washington, the father of our country, would only exit rooms by doing cartwheels. Abraham Lincoln would hop on one leg. Ronald Reagan would skip out the door. Now those men were leaders!”
George Washington, the father of our country, would only exit rooms by doing cartwheels. Abraham Lincoln would hop on one leg. Ronald Reagan would skip out the door.\n\nNow those men were leaders!https://twitter.com/jacobkschneider/status/1496206547969527816\u00a0\u2026
As still \u201ctechnically\u201d a member of house Republicans, let me, with all my might, condemn this damn awful tweet during this crisis. You can criticize policy but this is insane and feeds into Putins narrative. But hey, retweets amirite?https://twitter.com/housegop/status/1496206645919105031\u00a0\u2026
Dear @HouseGOP: I don\u2019t see any weakness in that picture. And unlike Trump, @POTUS doesn\u2019t need two hands to drink a glass of water. So take your unpatriotic shit and shove it.https://twitter.com/housegop/status/1496206645919105031\u00a0\u2026
LMAO. He should have walked toward the camera, growing larger and larger, until, faced with the sheer majesty of his extreme apparent physical dimensionality, his enemies fled.https://twitter.com/HouseGOP/status/1496206645919105031\u00a0\u2026
Beyond opinions people had about how Biden exited the room, the important part is what happened during the press conference when the president announced a raft of sanctions.
The sanctions will hit two large Russian financial institutions, V.E.B. – formerly known as Vnesheconombank – and the country’s “military bank”.
He said sanctions against Russian sovereign debt would “cut off Russia's government from Western financing”, meaning Moscow can no longer raise money in the west and won’t be able to trade new debt in US or European markets.
The US is also imposing sanctions on “Russia’s elites and their family members”. Biden said: “They share in the corrupt gains of the Kremlin policies and should share in the pain as well.”
He also said they would back Germany in blocking the Nord Stream 2 gas pipeline from Russia.
Biden said: “Who in the Lord’s name does Putin think gives him the right to declare new so-called countries on territory that belonged to his neighbors? This is a flagrant violation of international law, and it demands a firm response from the international community.”
Despite fears of further escalation, Biden said “there is still time to avert the worst-case scenario” and avoid “untold suffering to millions of people”.
He said the US and their allies remain open to diplomacy “if it is serious” and added that they are going to judge Russia by “its actions, not its words”.
Biden concluded: “Whatever Russia does next, we’re ready to respond with unity, clarity, and conviction… I’m hoping diplomacy is still available.”