“The key goal of the White House, at the meeting scheduled for Wednesday, will be for Biden to convey a tough message to Putin, in contrast to the friendly relations that former President Donald Trump showed during his first meeting with Putin,” said one of the sources of the TV channel.
Foreign policy experts advised Biden not to hold a joint press conference with the Russian leader, as in this case, he could be in a very uncomfortable position.
Before this, Bloomberg, citing a White House official, reported that Biden would talk to reporters alone after the meeting, indicating that this format would be “the most appropriate”.
On the eve of the New York Times newspaper wrote that the administration of American leader Joe Biden decided to refuse to communicate with journalists together with Putin, fearing a fiasco that in 2018, former US leader Donald Trump suffered at a similar meeting.
We are talking about the previous Russia – US summit, which was held in Helsinki in 2018. It is noted that according to the White House, then Putin clearly surpassed Trump. According to then-Senator John McCain, it was “one of the most disgraceful speeches by an American president” that he remembers.