Although he announced new sanctions on top of previous ones against Russia in response to its invasion of Ukraine, Biden later admitted that “no one” expected the sanctions to prevent the invasion.”
“No one expected the sanctions to prevent anything from happening,” Biden said. “This could take time and we have to show resolve, so he knows what’s coming and so the people of Russia know what he’s brought on them, this is what this is all about.”
This went against Vice President Kamala Harris’ comments on Sunday that claimed “The purpose of the sanctions has always been and continues to be deterrence.” On Feb. 11, national security advisor Jake Sullivan similarly claimed that “sanctions are intended to deter.”
Other reporters brought up this change when reporting on Biden’s comments.