Biden returns to US politics with remark on genocide

When US President Joe Biden called Russia’s invasion of Ukraine “genocide” during an energy price speech in Iowa, it sparked a now-familiar stampede among aides. the White House to contain diplomacy-laden presidential rhetoric threatening to go beyond official US policy.

Senior officials huddled with Biden after his speech on Tuesday to discuss the comment, a dramatic reversal less than two weeks after his administration specifically refused to endorse Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy’s use of the term.

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