President Biden's Very Public Disagreement With His Own Administration


Jay Sekulow

March 28

5 min read

Public Policy



President Biden and his own Administration continue to contradict each other and leave the American people confused with mixed messaging regarding critical issues around the world.

As Russia wages a deadly, unprovoked war against Ukraine, President Biden decided to call out the Russian President Vladimir Putin at the end of his 30-minute speech in Warsaw, Poland when he said this:

For God’s sake, this man cannot remain in power.

Immediately within an hour, the White House tried to walk this statement back:

The President’s point was that Putin cannot be allowed to exercise power over his neighbors or the region. He was not discussing Putin’s power in Russia or regime change.

Secretary of State Antony Blinken also jumped in trying to spin the President’s comments and clarify what he meant was:

President Putin cannot be empowered to wage war against anyone else.

Clearly, this statement has caused people to panic. Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov even said:

This is a statement that is certainly alarming. We will continue to track the statements of the U.S. President in the most attentive way.

ACLJ Senior Advisor for National Security and Foreign Policy and former Acting Director of National Intelligence Ric Grenell explained just how dangerous the President’s statement is:

Look, right now we have a crisis in Ukraine and our focus should be on helping Ukraine. What Joe Biden just did was make the goal of defeating Russia. That is a problem when it comes to, I would say, the incredible task of achieving that goal as well as the fact that they are a nuclear power and have a permanent seat at the U.N. So, I think the analysis from people to say look, if somehow showing the Russians and teaching them a lesson and showing them they can’t bully and somehow we push them back is a tangential benefit then great. Because this bullying cannot continue to happen. . . . But I think the strategic mistake here, and let’s be honest, the White House also thought it was a strategic mistake because they immediately jumped to try to correct it, is to say our goal is somehow defeating Russia.

ACLJ Senior Military Analyst Wes Smith detailed in his new article how important having strong leadership is:

President Biden, his strong suit, is not leadership. . . . Nowhere is leadership more important, more critical . . . than at the presidential level in the United States. And with Biden over the weekend, weak leadership was generally on full display. His words failed to inspire, at times they lacked clarity and conviction. He equivocated first how he would respond to Vladimir Putin. Then he overstated how he would respond. So, this kind of back-and-forth inconsistent words and leadership does not apply comfort or a sense of security to us or to the world.

While all of this is going on in the world, we have not lost sight of the issues here at home. At the ACLJ, we are in federal court on three cases in just the next month.

ACLJ Senior Counsel Abigail Southerland joined Sekulow to discuss these cases. In one of the cases:

Vision Warriors is a religious nonprofit organization. It is a church and a ministry for individuals recovering from addiction. An amazing ministry. So, they purchased a property in Cherokee County, Georgia. They did their due diligence to make sure they could obtain zoning approval and their use was permitted. Based upon that reliance, they purchased the property. Then shortly thereafter, after neighborhood opposition based upon the type of individuals that this ministry would be serving, the county began to take action to revoke their zoning certification. 

Abby also explained another ongoing case we are in court over:

Then another is a prayer ban case and oral argument will be April 28th. Here we represent Ocala in Florida who allowed a prayer vigil to take place in response to a crime spree in their neighborhood. . . . Some individuals don’t like that the community is responding with prayer. . . . There were four individuals that opposed it and raised a lot of opposition in regards to how the community responded to the event. . . . They demanded that the city shut the prayer vigil down.

When the district court sided with the opposition, we appealed to the Eleventh Circuit in this case. We’ve been arguing these types of cases for 40+ years. And yet, here we are again. We will always be there to fight and protect prayer for all.

Today’s full Sekulow broadcast is complete with even more analysis of the Biden Administration’s mixed messaging when it comes to the Russia/Ukraine conflict and an update on our cases here at home.

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