White House wants to ‘cut rhetoric and defuse’ after Putin’s nuclear deterrent

White House Press Secretary Jen Psaki shown in this Feb. 23, 2022, file photo in Washington, DC (Drew Angerer/Getty Images)

The Biden administration wants to “reduce rhetoric and de-escalate” after Russian President Vladimir Putin ordered his country’s deterrent forces – which include nuclear weapons – to be placed on high alert, the House announced Monday. White.

“We’ve seen this pattern of President Putin over the last few months and even before, where he fabricates the threat in order to justify more aggressive action,” White House press secretary Jen Psaki told MSNBC.

“Russians – including President Putin as the leader of Russia – are committed to taking action to reduce nuclear threats,” she added. “Everyone knows this is not a war that can be won.”

PSAKI said the United States had its “own preparations” and “capacity and ability to defend the United States,” but did not change alert levels.

“We haven’t changed our own alerts, and we haven’t changed our own assessment in this regard, but we also need to be very clear about his own use of threats,” she said. “What we want to do now is reduce the rhetoric and defuse.”

The administration also doubles down on its decision not to use US troops to create a no-fly zone in Ukraine, calling it “not a good idea” and “not something the president wants to do.”

The establishment of a no-fly zone by the US military “would basically mean that the US military would shoot down planes, Russian planes,” Psaki said. a military conflict with Russia.

US President Joe Biden will address the situation in Ukraine during his State of the Union address on Tuesday, she confirmed.

Biden would talk about “the fact that the president has built a coalition of countries around the world to resist Russian aggression, to stand up to President Putin, to put in place crippling sanctions, that will be part of what people will hear in the speech. That wouldn’t have been the case three months ago,” she said.

“If we look at history,” she continued, “President Obama gave a speech during the worst financial crisis of our lifetime. President Bush gave a speech shortly after the worst terrorist attack ever. against our homeland. It is always about expressing how you are going to leave the country.

She said there would be new policy proposals in the speech.


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