Did Biden really do the right thing?
During a speech about infrastructure, President Joe Biden called out India and China for abstaining from the United Nations resolution condemning Russia.
A resolution by the U.N. condemning Russia’s invasion of Ukraine was passed overwhelmingly after 141 nations — including the United States — voted to condemn the invasion.
However, among the 193-member body, Russia, Syria, North Korea, Eritrea, and Belarus dissented, and 35 nations, including China and India, abstained.
Addressing the audience in Superior, Wisconsin, Biden noted that in “A vote in the United Nations to condemn Putin — 141 countries voted to do that in the U.N. General Assembly.” He then called out those who abstained, saying, “Several abstained. China abstained, didn’t vote with them, but abstained. India abstained. … They’re alone.”
The resolution by the U.N. “deplores in the strongest terms the aggression by the Russian Federation against Ukraine.” The resolution also demands Russia stop using force against Ukraine and immediately and unconditionally withdraw its military forces.
While discussing the U.N.’s resolution, Biden stated that Russian President Vladimir Putin believed he could divide the United States by invading Ukraine. The President referenced the January 6, 2021 riot on the Capitol as the catalyst that could have given Putin the idea that the U.S. was too divided to lead.
“That’s not who we are,” Biden stated.
Continuing his statements by saying that the U.S. is showing it’s united while leading the world in its support for Ukraine.
Although most of his speech touted the bipartisan infrastructure legislation, Biden made his opening remarks by attacking Putin and saying the free world would hold him accountable.
He began by saying, Putin “did what he did” — referencing the invasion of Ukraine — “because he thought he could split NATO, split Europe, and split the United States. But Biden vowed that the U.S. would “demonstrate to the whole world: no one can split this country.”