Former US Secretary of State and a possible candidate for the upcoming presidential elections, Mike Pompeo, said that President Joe Biden’s words about Vladimir Putin are just “name-calling”, not supported by deeds.
“If you put America first and back up your expressions with real deeds, not just rhetoric and name-calling, then you have a much better chance of success,” Pompeo told Fox News on Thursday.
At the same time, when asked whether he considers Putin a “killer”, like Biden, Pompeo said that Putin’s past service in the KGB of the USSR “speaks for itself.”
Earlier, Biden, when asked by the media whether he considers his Russian counterpart a “killer,” replied that he did. He also noted that Putin will “answer” for alleged interference in the American elections.
White House spokeswoman Jen Psaki declined to clarify whether Biden’s words about Putin were “metaphor”. She added that the US President had previously stated that he would not “hold back” in expressing his position either indirect contacts with the Russian leadership or in public assessments.
Putin commented on Biden’s words, wishing him good health and reminding him that evaluating other people is like looking in a mirror. He also invited Biden to chat on Friday or Monday live.