Biden’s 26-minute address to spy agency workers further featured the president stooping behind his podium to give a wide-eyed stage whisper after mimicking a country-bumpkin accent.
“We see how cyberattacks including ransomware attacks increasingly are able to cause damage in the real world,” Biden explained to workers at the Office of the Director of National Intelligence in Virginia.
“I can’t guarantee this, and you’re as informed as I am, but I think it’s more likely we’re going to end up — if we end up in a war, a real shooting war with a world power, it’s going to be as a result of a cyber breach of great consequence.”
Biden, who met with Putin last month in Geneva, Switzerland, continued that “Mr. Putin, he has a real problem.”
“He’s sitting atop an economy that has nuclear weapons and oil wells and nothing else — nothing else,” Biden stated.
“Their economy is what, the eighth smallest in the world now — largest in the world? He knows, he knows he’s in real trouble, which makes him even more dangerous.”
The US government thinks that hackers based in Russia this year shut down the Colonial Pipeline on the East Coast, making gas stations run dry. Biden has called on Putin to crack down on the criminals.
Biden continued Tuesday that he had an “altar call” with Putin in Geneva regarding Arctic policy — appropriating a rural accent to emphasize his point.
“A dramatically warming Arctic is opening up competition for resources that once were hard to access. I had as they say in southern Delaware — they talk at ye like this, you know what I mean? — I had a come to Jesus meeting, an altar call, with Mr. Putin about what he thinks is what Russia’s property is in the Arctic,” Biden stated.
The president hunched on the stage to whisper when he stressed that intelligence community workers rank their workplace extremely relative to other agencies.
A stooped Biden whispered, “I said don’t tell me what the White House is ranked for, it would hurt my feelings.”
Biden further knocked Putin for alleged Russian intervention in the forthcoming 2022 midterm elections. He announced that his daily presidential brief on Tuesday included new details.
“If we look at what Russia is already doing about the 2022 elections, the misinformation, it’s a pure violation of our sovereignty,” Biden said.
Biden was less aggressive toward Chinese President Xi Jinping — notwithstanding Biden ordering in May a 90-day spy agency review to resolve if COVID-19 emerged from a lab in Wuhan, China.
Biden said that as vice president he “spent more time with Xi Jinping as a world leader than anyone else.”