https://thehill.com/policy/international/russia/598660-biden-says-putin-is-a-murderous-dictator

President BidenJoe Biden Irish PM tests positive for COVID-19 during visit to DC CNN anchor breaks down talking to Ukrainian father whose family was killed Graham introduces resolution urging Biden to help send jets to Ukraine MORE on Thursday called Russian President Vladimir PutinVladimir Vladimirovich PutinRussian journalist explains why she staged anti-war protest on live TV CNN anchor breaks down talking to Ukrainian father whose family was killed Overnight Defense & National Security — Presented by AM General — More weapons but no planes for Ukraine MORE a “murderous dictator” and a “pure thug.” 

Biden’s remarks were made at the Friends of Ireland Luncheon, where each year lawmakers celebrate Irish heritage on St. Patrick’s Day at the Capitol.

During the event, Biden condemned Putin and the Russian invasion of Ukraine, saying, “My generic point is that, you know, now you have Ireland and Great Britain … standing together against a murderous dictator, a pure thug who is waging an immoral war against the people of Ukraine.”

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Biden also criticized Putin earlier Thursday during a virtual bilateral meeting with Micheál Martin, Ireland’s prime minister.

“Putin’s brutality and what he’s doing and his troops are doing in Ukraine is just inhumane,” Biden said.

Biden on Wednesday called Putin a “war criminal” following weeks in which the White House has avoided calling Putin’s actions targeting civilians in Ukraine a war crime.

“The president’s remarks speak for themselves. He was speaking from his heart and speaking from what he’s seen on television, which is barbaric actions by a brutal dictator through an invasion of a foreign country,” said White House press secretary Jen PsakiJen PsakiOvernight Defense & National Security — Presented by AM General — More weapons but no planes for Ukraine Overnight Energy & Environment — Biden calls for faster gas price drop Biden’s climate alarmist nominees send a chilling message to financial institutions, the energy industry MORE

The Kremlin responded to Biden calling Putin a war criminal, saying that the accusations were “unacceptable and unforgivable rhetoric on the part of the head of a state whose bombs have killed hundreds of thousands of people around the world.”

Biden during the luncheon at the Capitol said he believes that the world is at an “inflection point in history,” 

“I think we’re in a genuine struggle between autocracies and democracies and whether or not democracies can be sustained,” Biden said.

Updated 5:20 p.m.

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