Since the remarks were made on Saturday, White House and administration officials have been walking back the comments.
Back in Washington D.C. today, Biden was asked about the comments and his intentions with the language used. He repeatedly said he still believes Putin shouldn’t remain in power, but that U.S. policy towards Russia hasn’t changed. Biden also said his decision to express his personal outrage and opinion that Putin should go doesn’t complicate the highly volatile situation.
Biden then claimed he didn’t say a number of things that he indeed did say.