Biden Stated “I Don’t Think Putin Will Use a Nuke and I’m Not Afraid of Armageddon — I Was Saying Putin Shouldn’t Talk about Using a Nuke”

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    In an interview on CNN that aired on Tuesday's episode of “CNN Tonight,” President Joe Biden said that he believes that Vladimir Putin will actually use a nuclear weapon, and there is no way that a “rational person” thinks using a nuclear weapon “does not have the prospect of leading to something that could be way out of control.” However, Biden believes that the idea is “irresponsible for him to talk about it.” His point was that the use of nuclear weapons could result in horrific consequences.

    The host, Jake Tapper, asked, “You recently said that this is the first time since the Cuban Missile Crisis that there’s a legitimate possibility of someone using a nuclear weapon, which could lead to ‘Armageddon,’ that’s the word you used. How realistic is it, do you think, that Putin would use a tactical nuclear weapon?”

    Biden replied, “I don’t think he will, but I think it’s irresponsible for him to talk about it. The idea that a world leader of one of the largest nuclear powers in the world says he may use a tactical nuclear weapon in Ukraine, the whole point I was making was it could lead to just a horrible outcome, and not because anybody intends to turn it into a world war or anything, but you just — once you use a nuclear weapon, the mistakes that could be made, the miscalculations, who knows what would happen.”

    Biden added, “I’m talking to Putin. He, in fact, cannot continue, with impunity, to talk about the use of a tactical nuclear weapon as if that’s a rational thing to do. Mistakes get made and the miscalculation could occur. No one can be sure what would happen and it could end in Armageddon.”

    Then Tapper asked, “And you still are afraid of that, though, that it could?”

    Biden answered, “Well, no. I don’t think anyone — any rational person is saying that the initial use of…a nuclear weapon, killing thousands of people, does not have the prospect of leading to something that could be way out of control.”

    Later on in the interview, Biden stated that he believes Putin is acting rationally.

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