In a recent interview, Biden said that Putin was a killer; now, the White House has apparently turned down an offer to a 'live' public talk with Vladimir Putin, the Russian President.
The report claimed that Biden was "quite busy" over the weekend, which means he would not be taking the offer.
Putin had challenged Biden to take part in an on-air conversation. He did this with the goal of discussing the claim that the Russian President was going to "pay the price" after a report emerged with evidence that Russia attempted to interfere with the 2020 U.S. presidential election.
Biden also agreed that Putin was a killer.
On Thursday, the Russian President told a reporter that he wished to invite Biden "to continue our discussion." However, the condition was that they were going to "do it live" and "with no delays."
Putin explained that he wanted an open, direct discussion. Therefore, he wanted the chat to happen as soon as possible.
The Russian president explained that since the U.S. and Russia were the two leading superpowers in the world, the talk would be interesting for both countries and, by extension, the entire world.
Putin said that they were ready to have the conversation at any time that was convenient for the Americans.
Jen Psaki, press secretary, was asked about Putin's request during a White House briefing. However, she said that she did not have anything to report regarding a future meeting.
She also added that "the president, will, of course, be in Georgia tomorrow and quite busy."
There was no further comment from the White House National Security Council.
Putin made the request after Biden had a widely reported interview with ABC's George Stephanopoulos. When asked whether he thought the Russian president was a "killer," he said, "I do."
Putin later responded by saying that "it takes one to know one."
When Psaki was later asked if Biden regretted the remarks he made, she said, "Nope." She even went to say that the president had given a direct answer to a direct question.
The Kremlin later said that the offer they had made was meant to ensure bilateral ties between the two countries did not completely fall apart. According to Putin, there is a good reason to have a conversation to maintain Russia-U.S relations as opposed to trading barbs.
Putin explained that he made the offer public as a way to help ease the tension that had been caused by "very bad remarks" Biden made. Putin's spokesman, Dmitry Peskov, explained this.
The Office of the Director of National Intelligence confirmed no presidential election interference by any foreign powers. However, the declassified report also says that there was an attempt by Russia to influence public opinion against Biden.
All Biden had to say is: "the price he is going to pay, well, you'll see it shortly."
After the comments President Biden made, Russia recalled its ambassador to the United States. Clearly, we have not seen the last of the face-off between Biden and the Russian president.