In a 2019 fundraising video, then-candidate Joe Biden promised supporters of his bid to become president that, if elected president, he would put a stop to Russian President Vladimir’s tyranny and aggression toward Eastern Europe.
"Putin knows, if I am president of the United States, his days of tyranny and trying to intimidate the United States and those in Eastern Europe are over," Biden says in the video.
“I’m going to stand up to him; he’s a bully,” Biden says.
The video has resurfaced and is making the rounds on social media now that Biden is president and Putin has sent troops into Ukraine. On Monday, Putin ordered troops into Ukraine to occupy two rebel-held regions of the country.
Likewise, a 2020 video of Candidate Biden boasting that he was the only Democratic candidate who had stood “toe-to-toe” with Putin has resurfaced and gone viral on social media. In it, Biden claims that Putin doesn’t want him to be president of the U.S., for that reason:
“Vladimir Putin doesn’t want me to be President. He doesn’t want me to be our nominee. If you’re wondering why — it’s because I’m the only person in this field who’s ever gone toe-to-toe with him.”