Yesterday, during a press conference after his meeting with Russian President Vladimir Putin, President Joe Biden claimed that he had made demands to the leader that would be met with repercussions if ignored.
“I talked about the proposition that certain critical infrastructure should be off limits to attack. Period. By cyber or any other means,” Biden began.
Biden explained, “I gave [Putin] a list of…16 specific entities, 16 defined as critical infrastructure under US policy from the energy sector to our water systems.”
As the Gateway Pundit sarcastically put it, “Putin is probably shaking in his boots.”
U.S. House Rep Lauren Boebert (R-CO) had a similar perspective tweeted that if it were former President Donald Trump who had done that, the reaction would have been different from Democrats and their allies.
“If President Trump had handed Putin a list of 16 pieces of critical US infrastructure that shouldn’t be attacked, the Left would be impeaching him right now,” Boebert insisted.
If President Trump had handed Putin a list of 16 pieces of critical US infrastructure that shouldn’t be attacked, the Left would be impeaching him right now.— Lauren Boebert (@laurenboebert) June 17, 2021
Boebert wasn’t the only elected Republican to respond to the news this morning Sen James Lankford (R-OK) called the revelation “stunning” in a Fox Business interview with Maria Bartiromo.
From CNS News:
“The stunning moment for me was actually a cybersecurity moment where Biden said I brought him a list of 16 areas in the United States that he can’t attack with cybersecurity,” Lankford said on Thursday morning.
It’s jarring to me. I think he should have brought a map of the United States and just laid that out and said, here is everything you can’t attack.
I don’t know what’s not on the list because he didn’t release the list at this point. But he said there are certain areas that Russia shouldn’t attack — I guess, saying certain areas they can.
At the end of the day we need to be able to push back very clearly to Russia and to say to Putin no, we’re off limits and yes, we’re going to hold you accountable and be able to push back not give them a do-not-touch list but a wink-wink, nod-nod, you can attack these other areas.
Host Maria Bartiromo said she’s “stumped” by the fact that Biden would list 16 vulnerable areas in the United States and treat Putin as though he is “our friend” who will say, okay, we won’t hack your nuclear facilities. She asked Lankford why Biden would share such information:
“I don’t know,” Lankford said. “Basically he laid out and said, here’s where we’re most vulnerable, don’t attack these spots, and then said to him, okay, we’re going to work together in our countries to be able to isolate this.
Of course, Putin’s response was, we don’t do cyber-hacking, no, this is not happening in our country. The United States does more cyber-hacking. And so while Biden is in one spot saying, we’re working together on this, we talked it all out and we’re going to have this joint cooperation on it, Putin’s saying, not even us, it’s all them.
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