Fox News White House Correspondent Jacqui Heinrich challenged Press Secretary Jen Psaki on President Joe Biden’s apparent unwillingness to impose sanctions on Russia.
Heinrich asked why, despite Russian President Vladimir Putin’s continued posturing along Russia’s border with Ukraine and intelligence suggesting an imminent attack, the Biden Administration was still holding back on the threatened sanctions that were supposedly being used as a “deterrent.”
“You guys have attributed this cyberattack to Russia and you’re warning that the prospect of war — or peace, rather, is pretty dim. So, at what point do you breakaway from the strategy, say it’s not working and do something else, imposing these sanctions now?” Heinrich asked, noting that the proposed sanctions avoided specific avenues in an effort to minimize collateral damage to other countries.
Psaki pushed back, saying that the Biden administration viewed the proposed sanctions as deterrents and believed the leverage came from threatening them rather than imposing them.
“If you put all of the sanctions in place now, what is stopping them from invading?” Psaki asked.
“Are they working?” Heinrich asked.
“Well … I think that’s our assessment from the national security team and, you know, we will continue to implement that strategy,” Psaki replied.
“You’re waiting for people to die before implementing them in that case,” Heinrich pressed again.
“I think, Jacqui, that’s in no way a fair statement or accusation, I guess, if that’s what that is. What we have done, what the President has done is unite hundreds — countries around the world on a strong package that will be crippling to the Russian economy and we have done that in a way where we have stood up for the territorial integrity of Ukraine and stood with our NATO partners and allies.”
“It has always been up to President Putin and Russia to determine which path they were going to take, that has not changed,” Psaki continued. “But that leadership on the world stage is what has led to a united front and united opposition to these actions.”
Psaki went on to say that Putin was already not achieving at least one of his reported objectives — to divide NATO and undermine the relationships among NATO countries.
This is an excerpt from The Daily Wire.
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