President Joe Biden’s recent Cabinet meeting left reporters and Americans alike scratching their heads in confusion, with the commander–in–chief making a series of puzzling remarks that seem to contradict reality.
The first question posed to the president was about how best to communicate a message to the Russians regarding the explosion of a dam in Ukraine. Biden’s response? “We’re not leaving, we’re going to help Ukraine.”
Appearing to affirm the U.S. presence in Ukraine, the response may leave some wondering whether they missed a critical announcement or if the president perhaps failed to communicate the country’s current military status.
Asked his message to Russia after dam blown up in Ukraine, Biden in Cabinet room told reporters, despite yelling from junior aides trying to shout over the press: "'We are not leaving. We're going to help Ukraine.'"
He also tried to answer a question about D-Day and one on PGA. pic.twitter.com/2a11pexXnK
— Jennifer Jacobs (@JenniferJJacobs) June 6, 2023
Next up was a question on how Biden intended to commemorate D–Day, one of the most significant days in the nation’s history. Responses were typically observed across the country and abroad, though not from the American leader. “It’s coming,” was the president’s bewilderingly vague response.
Making matters even more confusing, Biden’s official statement did not arrive until 6 p.m. EST, hours after the question was posed. This follows last year when he failed to observe the day at all, a lapse of memory that he seemed to have repeated for the second year in a row.
Finally, the president was asked about the PGA/Live golf merger, which has ignited controversy given the Saudi Arabian Public Investment Fund’s involvement. Biden’s bizarre response came in the form of a golf swing gesture and an audible “I plan on being a PGA.”
The lack of a direct answer here is even more perplexing given that Biden and the Democrats were highly outspoken last year regarding the Saudis’ complicity in the death of Jamal Khashoggi, to the point of calling Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman a murderer to his face.
Not to mention, National Security Council spokesperson John Kirby only added to the confusion as he refused to answer on the U.S.’s position on the matter, instead telling reporters to “let the Saudi government speak to that.”
Unsurprisingly, the president’s mercurial responses sparked criticism across the political aisle, with many joining forces in taking the president to task for his skipping of the important D–Day commemoration.
Going by his responses, it appears that Joe Biden’s priorities lie with a celebratory proclamation of Pride Month and financial interests in foreign countries, rather than the nation’s most solemn holidays and observances. This does not bode well for the future, and we urge the president to communicate more effectively and thoughtfully to the press and the American people.