Vladimir Putin challenged President Joe Biden to a live debate after Biden called the Russian president a “killer.” The White House responded during a media briefing.
During an interview with ABC News’ George Stephanopoulos, President Biden was asked if he agreed that Putin is a “killer.” He agreed.
“It takes one to know one,” Putin said in response. “We always see our own traits in other people and think they are like how we really are.”
While speaking to a reporter, Putin challenged Biden to a live debate.
“I’ve just thought of this now. I want to invite President Biden to continue our discussion, but on the condition that we do it actually live. But with no delays, directly in an open, direct discussion,” Putin told a reporter in Moscow.
“It seems to me, it would be interesting both for Russian people and for the US people, as well as for many other countries,” Putin said.
When asked about Putin’s request, White House press secretary Jen Psaki said that the president is very busy.
“I’ll have to get back to you if that is something we’re entertaining. I would say that the President already had a conversation with President Putin, even as there are more world leaders that he has not yet engaged with,” Psaki said.
“And we engage with Russian leaders, members of the government, at all levels. But I don’t have anything to report to you in terms of a future meeting,” she said.
Also during the interview with Stephanopoulos, Biden said that Putin would pay for trying to meddle in the U.S. election by influencing public opinion.
“The price he is going to pay, well, you’ll see shortly,” Biden said.