Former Secretary of State Mike Pompeo has dropped the hammer on Joe Biden over the Democrat president’s latest blunder regarding the Russia-Ukraine conflict.
Pompeo blasted Biden for making an Armageddon comment about the nuclear risk of Russia.
He described Biden’s rhetoric as “reckless” and called it “one of the greatest foreign policy failures of the last decades.”
Biden said earlier:
“First time since the Cuban Missile Crisis, we have a direct threat of the use of a nuclear weapon if, in fact, things continue down the path they are going.
“I’m trying to figure out ‘what is Putin’s off-ramp?’
“Where does he find a way out?
“Where does he find himself in a position that he does not, not only lose face, but lose significant power within Russia?
“We have not faced the prospect of Armageddon since Kennedy and the Cuban Missile Crisis,” Biden said.
“Putin is not joking when he talks about the potential use of tactical nuclear weapons or biological or chemical weapons because his military is, you might say, significantly underperforming.
“I don’t think there’s any such thing as the ability to easily use a tactical nuclear weapon and not end up with Armageddon.”
Pompeo fired back over the remarks during an interview on “Fox News Sunday.”
“Oh my goodness,” Pompeo told host Shannon Bream.
“First of all those comments were reckless.
“I think that even more importantly, they demonstrate maybe one of the greatest foreign policy failures of the last decades, which was the failure to deter Vladimir Putin in the same way that the Trump administration did for four years.
“When you hear the president talking about Armageddon at a random — as a random thought just musing at a fundraiser that is a terrible risk to the American people if he truly believes that he ought to be out talking to us in a serious way,” Pompeo said.
According to Politico:
On Sunday, speaking on ABC’s “This Week,” National Security Council spokesperson John Kirby said: “The president was reflecting the very high stakes that are in play right now.”
Kirby added in reference to Putin: “Neither we nor our allies are going to be intimidated by this and we’re going to continue to provide support and security assistance to Ukraine as is necessary.”
Pompeo said the Biden administration would have been better off using “quiet diplomacy” in pushing Putin to understand the consequences of using nuclear weapons.
“I hope that they are doing this quietly,” he said to host Shannon Bream.