By responding to a horrific explosion on Poland’s eastern border, President Joe Biden tried to overshadow former President Donald Trump’s 2024 presidential announcement on Tuesday night.
For almost three minutes, the president spoke to the media about the international event, which Poland initially reported as a Russian-made missile that killed two individuals.
He spoke only minutes ahead of Trump’s intended announcement time of 9:00 p.m. EST.
Biden seemed to doubt that the missile had been fired by the Russians, but he emphasized that he planned to wait until a thorough investigation was done.
“I don’t want to say anything until we’ve thoroughly investigated, but it’s — it’s improbable, based on the trajectory, that it was shot from Russia. But we’ll see,” he explained. “We shall see.”
Biden described the encounter gingerly, reading from notecards.
He stated that he would not act until the incident was thoroughly examined.
“I’ll make certain we know exactly what happened,” Biden stated. “And then, as we investigate, we’ll decide on our next step as a group.”
During his campaign announcement address, Trump was more aggressive about the occurrence, telling supporters that the missile was “probably sent in by Russia.”
After convening an emergency session of G7 and NATO leaders to discuss the event, Biden spoke to reporters.
Despite bringing reporters in for a 30-second picture op, he refused to speak to the press about the occurrence until the meeting was over.