Tensions Rise: Biden Blasts Putin, Trump Brought Into Navalny Debate

President Joe Biden criticized Russian leader Vladimir Putin following the death of opposition politician Alexei Navalny, also condemning former President Donald Trump for drawing comparisons between his legal affairs and Navalny’s demise.

During a fundraising event in San Francisco, California, on Wednesday evening, President Biden remarked, “We have a crazy SOB [son of a b****], that guy, Putin, others. And we always have to be worried about a nuclear conflict. But the existential threat to humanity is climate.”

Putin’s spokesperson Dmitry Peskov deemed Biden’s remarks “rude” and “a huge disgrace” to the White House, adding, “Clearly, Mr. Biden is demonstrating behavior in the style of a Hollywood cowboy to cater to domestic political interests.”

Reflecting on Trump’s comparison of his legal challenges to Navalny’s death, Biden expressed disbelief, stating, “He’s comparing himself to Navalny and saying that because our country’s become a communist country, he was persecuted, just like Navalny was persecuted. Where the hell does this come from?”

“The sudden death of Alexei Navalny has made me more and more aware of what is happening in our Country,” Trump wrote on Truth Social, addressing Navalny’s passing. He added, “It is a slow, steady progression, with CROOKED, Radical Left Politicians, Prosecutors, and Judges leading us down a path to destruction. Open Borders, Rigged Elections, and Grossly Unfair Courtroom Decisions are DESTROYING AMERICA. WE ARE A NATION IN DECLINE, A FAILING NATION! MAGA2024.”

Biden held a press conference last Friday upon learning of Navalny’s death, commenting about Navalny standing up against corruption in Russia. He held Putin accountable for Navalny’s demise, calling it “yet more proof of Putin’s brutality.”

Vice President Kamala Harris and Secretary of State Antony Blinken attended the Munich Security Conference, stating unequivocally, “Russia is responsible.” Former House Speaker Nancy Pelosi criticized Trump’s comments about Navalny, referring to him as Putin’s “buddy in vileness” and rebuked his remarks as “beneath the dignity of a human being.”