President Biden on Saturday said that Russian President Vladimir Putin “cannot remain in power,” as he declared the Russian invasion of Ukraine a “strategic failure” while pledging continued support for the embattled Ukrainian people.
“For God’s sake, this man cannot remain in power,” Biden said during a speech in front of the Royal Castle in Warsaw, Poland.
It appeared to be the first time Biden has explicitly called for Putin’s removal and would mark a sharp contrast from prior statements from the White House, which have emphasized that regime change in Russia is not the policy of the United States.
Shortly after Biden’s address however, the White House denied that Biden was calling for regime change.
“The President’s point was that Putin cannot be allowed to exercise power over his neighbors or the region. He was not discussing Putin’s power in Russia, or regime change,” a White House official told Fox News Digital shortly after the speech concluded.