Biden stands by Putin’s removal comment but insists he won’t change policy
President Joe Biden refused to back down from comments he made over the weekend that Russian President Vladimir Putin could not remain in power, but insisted he was not advocating a change in policy.
He returned home on Sunday, fighting back criticism from world leaders and pundits for the unscripted shot the president fired at Vladimir Putin over the weekend.
“I’m not going back,” he told NBC news reporter Kelly O’Donnell at the White House on Monday. “The fact is, I have expressed the moral outrage I felt at the way Putin is acting and the actions of this man.”
The President returned home to an administration struggling to win back voter goodwill. Mr. Biden’s approval ratings have continued to bottom on issues voters care about most, such as the economy, the ongoing pandemic and an increasingly complicated foreign policy crisis.
On Monday he unveiled his budget proposal for 2023, which includes higher taxes on the rich, lower government deficits, more money for the police and more funding for education, public health and housing.
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“Russian war crimes could have been stopped” if Biden had listened to activists’ calls for help
“We have no time for emotion, thought or pain because we are at war,” attorney Oleksandra Matviichuk told Andrew Buncombe.
Oliver O’ConnellMarch 28, 2022 10:20 p.m
SCOTUS: Judge Clarence Thomas attends telephone hearings following hospitalization
After spending nearly a week in hospital, Judge Thomas was involved in a court case again Monday.
Chief Justice John Roberts said Justice Thomas, 73, would “participate remotely this morning”. He didn’t give a reason.
Gustaf Kilander reports from Washington, DC.
Oliver O’ConnellMarch 28, 2022 10:00 p.m
Schumer also hits at Scott’s tax plan
Majority Leader Chuck Schumer has joined Democrats in attacking Senator Rick Scott’s tax plan versus Biden’s 2023 budget plans for higher taxes on billionaires.
He tweeted: “Spot the difference – President Joe Biden’s budget ensures billionaires pay their fair share. Senator Rick Scott’s platform for the Republican Party raises taxes for seniors and working families.”
Oliver O’ConnellMarch 28, 2022 21:45
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The White House attacks Rick Scott’s tax plans
White House spokesman Andrew Bates said the proposed budget would increase tax revenues for “billionaires and hundreds of millionaires,” while the Republican Party wants to increase taxes for the bottom half of the US — a clear nod to Senator Rick Scott’s tax plan Florida.
Oliver O’ConnellMarch 28, 2022 21:11
Biden to Doocy: “Why should I tell you?”
The traditional back-and-forth at the White House with Fox News’ Pete Doocy continues as he asked the President about his recent comments, which have been misinterpreted by the media – sometimes prompting some dismay.
Oliver O’ConnellMarch 28, 2022 8:55 p.m
Watch live White House Deputy Press Secretary Andrew Bates deliver a briefing
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“I’m not going back”
President Joe Biden refused to back down from his comments this weekend saying Russian President Vladimir Putin could not remain in power, but insisted he was not advocating a change in policy.
Mr. Biden made the remarks while speaking to reporters after announcing his new budget proposal. His remarks come after he said over the weekend, “For God’s sake, this man can’t stay in power.” The move sparked a diplomatic scramble amid concerns Mr Biden was pleading for regime change.
“I’m not going back,” he told NBC news reporter Kelly O’Donnell. “The fact is, I have expressed the moral outrage I felt at the way Putin is acting and the actions of this man.”
Eric Garcia reports from Washington, DC.
Oliver O’ConnellMarch 28, 2022 8:39 p.m
Biden on Justice Thomas
When asked whether Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas should retire from all cases related to the 2020 election in light of his wife’s text messages with then-White House Chief of Staff Mark Meadows, the President declined, saying: “I’ll leave that to two units. First the January 6 Committee and two the Justice Department.”
Oliver O’ConnellMarch 28, 2022 20:27