US leader calls Russian president a ‘murderous dictator’ in a speech on Capitol Hill
US President Joe Biden speaks during the annual St. Patrick’s Day luncheon on Capitol Hill March 17, 2022 in Washington, DC. © AFP / Nicholas Kamm
US President Joe Biden ramped up his rhetoric against Russian President Vladimir Putin on Thursday, calling him a “dictator” and a “thug” just a day after declaring him a “war criminal.”
The US and its allies are standing together against Putin, who is “a murderous dictator, a pure thug who is waging an immoral war against the people of Ukraine,” Biden declared on Thursday, at the annual Friends of Ireland Luncheon.
Biden’s remarks come just a day after he told a reporter at the White House he thinks Putin is a war criminal, after initially answering in the negative. The Kremlin responded that such remarks were “unacceptable and unforgivable,” reminding the American president of US bombs that killed “hundreds of thousands of people around the world.”