At a White House occasion to advertise Intel Corp. investing $20 billion in two semiconductor crops exterior of Columbus, Ohio, Mr. Biden advised reporters he solely wished to speak about laptop chips.
The White House gathering got here simply hours after Secretary of State Antony Blinken and Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov had completed up 90 minutes of direct talks on the disaster in Geneva Friday morning.
Intel Chief Executive Pat Gelsinger and Ohio Sens. Rob Portman, a Republican, and Sherrod Brown, a Democrat, attended the occasion in Washington. All three are scheduled to attend a second announcement in Columbus later Friday.
“The reason we don’t have any time for questions now is these guys got to get on a plane and go out and do a major announcement in Ohio,” Mr. Biden mentioned. “And you guys will ask me all about Russia and not about anything having to do with chips.”
Mr. Biden then fielded one reporters’ query about home chip manufacturing earlier than strolling away. Reporters continued to shout a wide range of questions about Russia, together with whether or not he plans to satisfy with Russian President Vladimir Putin.
The president’s feedback observe his broadly panned press convention earlier this week during which he sparked confusion and concern on each side of the Atlantic about U.S. coverage within the occasion of Russian navy motion and the unity of NATO allies in confronting the Kremlin.
The gaffe despatched the White House into cleanup mode Thursday and resulted in a powerful backlash from Ukraine President Volodymyr Zelenskyy.
“We want to remind the great powers that there are no minor incursions and small nations,” Mr. Zelenskyy mentioned on Twitter. “Just as there are no minor casualties and little grief from loved ones. I say this as the president of a great power.”
Immediately after the conclusion of Wednesday’s press convention, White House press secretary Jen Psaki issued a press release clarifying Mr. Biden’s remarks.
Her cleanup obligation continued into Thursday when she made a uncommon look on Fox News within the morning, adopted by CNN within the afternoon to spell out the president’s positions. Ms. Psaki additionally issued a second assertion.
Emily Horne, spokesperson for the National Security Council, posted a tweet emphasizing that Mr. Biden was distinguishing between navy and nonmilitary actions similar to a cyberattack or an intelligence operation.
“Let there be no doubt at all that if Putin makes this choice, Russia will pay a heavy price,” mentioned Mr. Biden, noting there was additionally the potential for a cyberattack or paramilitary motion by Russia that will require a coordinated response from the U.S. and its allies.