US President Joe Biden has once again referred to Russian President Vladimir Putin as a “dictator,” emphasizing that his political rival, former President Donald Trump, would “bow down” to Putin if he were elected in 2024. Biden, a Democrat, has also positioned himself as a defender of US democracy.
During a fundraiser at the Lunt-Fontanne Theater in New York City on Monday, Biden expressed his stance, stating, “I will not side with dictators like Putin. Maybe Trump and his MAGA friends can bow down, but I won’t.” He further argued that while “Donald Trump and his MAGA Republicans are determined to destroy American democracy,” he himself would always “protect and fight” for it.
This is not the first time that President Biden has referred to a foreign leader as a dictator. Last March, he denounced Putin as a “war criminal” during the annual Friends of Ireland Luncheon. In response to these comments, Kremlin spokesperson Dmitry Peskov conveyed Moscow’s disapproval, describing Biden’s rhetoric as “unacceptable and unforgivable.” Peskov criticized the US president for resorting to “personal insults,” contrasting it with Putin’s behavior as a “thoughtful and wise leader” who would never stoop to such levels.
Furthermore, in recent months, President Biden has also made similar claims about China. He alleged that China is governed by “bad folks” and described Chinese President Xi Jinping as a “dictator,” leading Beijing to characterize this as a “political provocation.”
It is worth noting that Biden’s remarks about leaders of other nations are significant as they reflect the current political climate between the US and these countries. Tensions between the US and Russia have been ongoing, particularly regarding issues such as Ukraine and alleged Russian interference in US elections. Similarly, the relationship between the US and China has become increasingly strained due to trade disputes, human rights concerns, and geopolitical competition.
President Biden’s characterization of Putin and Xi as dictators serves to emphasize his strong stance against these leaders and his commitment to defending US democracy. However, it also highlights the underlying conflicts and rivalries that exist between the US and these countries.
Moving forward, it remains to be seen how these comments will impact US foreign policy and the dynamics of international relations. As the leader of a global superpower, President Biden’s rhetoric carries weight and can significantly shape the way other nations perceive the United States. It is essential for diplomatic efforts to be pursued alongside strong rhetoric to avoid further escalation and promote cooperation on shared challenges.