During an interview with CNN that aired on Tuesday’s edition of “CNN Tonight,” President Joe Biden said he doesn’t think Vladimir Putin will actually deploy a nuclear weapon, and no “rational person” thinks that the use of a nuclear weapon “does not have the prospect of leading to anything that could be out of control. But he feels it is “irresponsible for him to talk about it”. And what he wanted say is that the use of a nuclear weapon could lead to horrible results.
Host Jake Tapper asked, “You recently said it was the first time since the Cuban Missile Crisis that there was a legitimate possibility that someone would use a nuclear weapon, which could lead to” Armageddon”, is the word you used. How realistic do you think it is for Putin to use a tactical nuclear weapon? »
Biden replied, “I don’t think he will, but I think it’s irresponsible for him to talk about it. The idea of a world leader from one of the biggest nuclear powers in the world saying that he could use a tactical nuke in Ukraine all I meant was that it could lead to a horrible outcome, and not because someone intends to turn around in a world war or whatever, but you come – once you use a nuke, the mistakes that could be made, the miscalculations, who knows what would happen.
Biden also said, “I’m talking to Putin. In fact, he cannot continue, with impunity, to talk about the use of a tactical nuclear weapon as if it were a rational thing to do. Mistakes are made and miscalculation can occur. No one can be sure what would happen and it could end in Armageddon.
Tapper then asked, “And you’re still scared of it, though, what could it be?”
Biden replied, “Well, no. I don’t think anyone – any rational person is saying that the initial use of…a nuclear weapon, killing thousands of people, doesn’t have the prospect of leading to something that could be out of control.
In another part of the interview, Biden said he thought Putin was a rational actor.
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