Biden’s ‘Armageddon’ talk edges beyond bounds of US intel

Oct 6, 2022, 5:42 AM | Updated: Oct 7, 2022, 12:41 pm
President Joe Biden is escorted by Col. Matthew Jones, Commander, 89th Airlift Wing, as he walks to...

President Joe Biden is escorted by Col. Matthew Jones, Commander, 89th Airlift Wing, as he walks to board Air Force One at Andrews Air Force Base, Md., Friday, Oct. 7, 2022. Biden is traveling to Hagerstown, Md., to visit the Volvo Group Powertrain Operations. (AP Photo/Manuel Balce Ceneta)

(AP Photo/Manuel Balce Ceneta)

              President Joe Biden is escorted by Col. Matthew Jones, Commander, 89th Airlift Wing, as he walks to board Air Force One at Andrews Air Force Base, Md., Friday, Oct. 7, 2022. Biden is traveling to Hagerstown, Md., to visit the Volvo Group Powertrain Operations. (AP Photo/Manuel Balce Ceneta)
            
              President Joe Biden speaks at the Volvo Group Powertrain Operations facility in Hagerstown, Md., Friday, Oct. 7, 2022. (AP Photo/Manuel Balce Ceneta)
            
              President Joe Biden speaks at the Volvo Group Powertrain Operations facility in Hagerstown, Md., Friday, Oct. 7, 2022. (AP Photo/Julio Cortez)
            
              People look through the tram windows as they pass a big screen showing Russian President Vladimir Putin and reading: "Happy birthday to President Vladimir Putin from the Serb brethren!", in Belgrade, Serbia, Friday, Oct. 7, 2022. The posters are signed by a Pro-Russian right-wing group. Putin remains popular in Serbia despite the attack on Ukraine, and many in the Balkan country believe that the Russian president was provoked by the West into launching the invasion. (AP Photo/Darko Vojinovic)
            
              A U.S. Army officer military aide carries the nuclear launch codes known as the "football," as he follows President Joe Biden into the White House after arriving on Marine One, Thursday, Oct. 6, 2022, in Washington. Biden is returning from New York and New Jersey. (AP Photo/Alex Brandon)
            
              Russian President Vladimir Putin attends a meeting on economic issues via videoconference at the Novo-Ogaryovo residence outside Moscow, Russia, Thursday, Oct. 6, 2022. (Gavriil Grigorov, Sputnik, Kremlin Pool Photo via AP)
            
              President Joe Biden escorted by Col. Matthew Jones, Commander of the 89th Airlift Wing walks from Marine One to board Air Force One at Andrews Air Force Base, Md., Friday, Oct. 7, 2022. Biden is traveling to Hagerstown, Md., to visit the Volvo Group Powertrain Operations. (AP Photo/Gemunu Amarasinghe)
            
              President Joe Biden speaks at the Volvo Group Powertrain Operations in Hagerstown, Md., Friday, Oct. 7, 2022. (AP Photo/Manuel Balce Ceneta)
            
              President Joe Biden is escorted by Col. Matthew Jones, Commander, 89th Airlift Wing, as he walks to board Air Force One at Andrews Air Force Base, Md., Friday, Oct. 7, 2022. Biden is traveling to Hagerstown, Md., to visit the Volvo Group Powertrain Operations. (AP Photo/Manuel Balce Ceneta)
            
              President Joe Biden speaks at the Volvo Group Powertrain Operations facility in Hagerstown, Md., Friday, Oct. 7, 2022. (AP Photo/Manuel Balce Ceneta)
            
              President Joe Biden speaks at the Volvo Group Powertrain Operations facility in Hagerstown, Md., Friday, Oct. 7, 2022. (AP Photo/Julio Cortez)
            
              People look through the tram windows as they pass a big screen showing Russian President Vladimir Putin and reading: "Happy birthday to President Vladimir Putin from the Serb brethren!", in Belgrade, Serbia, Friday, Oct. 7, 2022. The posters are signed by a Pro-Russian right-wing group. Putin remains popular in Serbia despite the attack on Ukraine, and many in the Balkan country believe that the Russian president was provoked by the West into launching the invasion. (AP Photo/Darko Vojinovic)
            
              A U.S. Army officer military aide carries the nuclear launch codes known as the "football," as he follows President Joe Biden into the White House after arriving on Marine One, Thursday, Oct. 6, 2022, in Washington. Biden is returning from New York and New Jersey. (AP Photo/Alex Brandon)
            
              Russian President Vladimir Putin attends a meeting on economic issues via videoconference at the Novo-Ogaryovo residence outside Moscow, Russia, Thursday, Oct. 6, 2022. (Gavriil Grigorov, Sputnik, Kremlin Pool Photo via AP)
            
              President Joe Biden escorted by Col. Matthew Jones, Commander of the 89th Airlift Wing walks from Marine One to board Air Force One at Andrews Air Force Base, Md., Friday, Oct. 7, 2022. Biden is traveling to Hagerstown, Md., to visit the Volvo Group Powertrain Operations. (AP Photo/Gemunu Amarasinghe)
            
              President Joe Biden speaks at the Volvo Group Powertrain Operations in Hagerstown, Md., Friday, Oct. 7, 2022. (AP Photo/Manuel Balce Ceneta)
            
              Volodymyr Yavorskyi, the expert of the Center of Civil Liberties, shows a V-sign in Kyiv, Ukraine, Friday, Oct. 7, 2022. On Friday, Oct. 7, 2022 the Nobel Peace Prize was awarded to jailed Belarus rights activist Ales Bialiatski, the Russian group Memorial and the Ukrainian organization Center for Civil Liberties. (AP Photo/Efrem Lukatsky)
            
              People look through the tram windows as they pass a big screen showing Russian President Vladimir Putin and reading: "Happy birthday to President Vladimir Putin from the Serb brethren!", in Belgrade, Serbia, Friday, Oct. 7, 2022. The posters are signed by a Pro-Russian right-wing group. Putin remains popular in Serbia despite the attack on Ukraine, and many in the Balkan country believe that the Russian president was provoked by the West into launching the invasion. (AP Photo/Darko Vojinovic)
            
              President Joe Biden steps off Marine One to board Air Force One at John F. Kennedy International Airport in New York, Thursday, Oct. 6, 2022, to travel back to Washington. (AP Photo/Andrew Harnik)
            
              Russian President Vladimir Putin attends a meeting on economic issues via videoconference at the Novo-Ogaryovo residence outside Moscow, Russia, Thursday, Oct. 6, 2022. (Gavriil Grigorov, Sputnik, Kremlin Pool Photo via AP)
            
              President Joe Biden gives a thumbs up to the pilots as he steps off Marine One upon arrival on the South Lawn of the White House, Thursday, Oct. 6, 2022, in Washington. Biden is returning from New York and New Jersey. (AP Photo/Alex Brandon)
            
              A U.S. Army officer military aide carries the nuclear launch codes known as the "football," as he follows President Joe Biden into the White House after arriving on Marine One, Thursday, Oct. 6, 2022, in Washington. Biden is returning from New York and New Jersey. (AP Photo/Alex Brandon)
            
              President Joe Biden steps off Marine One to board Air Force One at John F. Kennedy International Airport in New York, Thursday, Oct. 6, 2022, to travel back to Washington. (AP Photo/Andrew Harnik)
            
              Russian President Vladimir Putin attends a meeting on economic issues via videoconference at the Novo-Ogaryovo residence outside Moscow, Russia, Thursday, Oct. 6, 2022. (Gavriil Grigorov, Sputnik, Kremlin Pool Photo via AP)
            
              President Joe Biden gives a thumbs up to the pilots as he steps off Marine One upon arrival on the South Lawn of the White House, Thursday, Oct. 6, 2022, in Washington. Biden is returning from New York and New Jersey. (AP Photo/Alex Brandon)
            
              A U.S. Army officer military aide carries the nuclear launch codes known as the "football," as he follows President Joe Biden into the White House after arriving on Marine One, Thursday, Oct. 6, 2022, in Washington. Biden is returning from New York and New Jersey. (AP Photo/Alex Brandon)
            
              Volodymyr Yavorskyi, the expert of the Center of Civil Liberties, shows a V-sign in Kyiv, Ukraine, Friday, Oct. 7, 2022. On Friday, Oct. 7, 2022 the Nobel Peace Prize was awarded to jailed Belarus rights activist Ales Bialiatski, the Russian group Memorial and the Ukrainian organization Center for Civil Liberties. (AP Photo/Efrem Lukatsky)
            
              People look through the tram windows as they pass a big screen showing Russian President Vladimir Putin and reading: "Happy birthday to President Vladimir Putin from the Serb brethren!", in Belgrade, Serbia, Friday, Oct. 7, 2022. The posters are signed by a Pro-Russian right-wing group. Putin remains popular in Serbia despite the attack on Ukraine, and many in the Balkan country believe that the Russian president was provoked by the West into launching the invasion. (AP Photo/Darko Vojinovic)
            
              President Joe Biden steps off Marine One to board Air Force One at John F. Kennedy International Airport in New York, Thursday, Oct. 6, 2022, to travel back to Washington. (AP Photo/Andrew Harnik)
            
              Russian President Vladimir Putin attends a meeting on economic issues via videoconference at the Novo-Ogaryovo residence outside Moscow, Russia, Thursday, Oct. 6, 2022. (Gavriil Grigorov, Sputnik, Kremlin Pool Photo via AP)
            
              President Joe Biden gives a thumbs up to the pilots as he steps off Marine One upon arrival on the South Lawn of the White House, Thursday, Oct. 6, 2022, in Washington. Biden is returning from New York and New Jersey. (AP Photo/Alex Brandon)
            
              A U.S. Army officer military aide carries the nuclear launch codes known as the "football," as he follows President Joe Biden into the White House after arriving on Marine One, Thursday, Oct. 6, 2022, in Washington. Biden is returning from New York and New Jersey. (AP Photo/Alex Brandon)
            
              Volodymyr Yavorskyi, the expert of the Center of Civil Liberties, shows a V-sign in Kyiv, Ukraine, Friday, Oct. 7, 2022. On Friday, Oct. 7, 2022 the Nobel Peace Prize was awarded to jailed Belarus rights activist Ales Bialiatski, the Russian group Memorial and the Ukrainian organization Center for Civil Liberties. (AP Photo/Efrem Lukatsky)
            
              People look through the tram windows as they pass a big screen showing Russian President Vladimir Putin and reading: "Happy birthday to President Vladimir Putin from the Serb brethren!", in Belgrade, Serbia, Friday, Oct. 7, 2022. The posters are signed by a Pro-Russian right-wing group. Putin remains popular in Serbia despite the attack on Ukraine, and many in the Balkan country believe that the Russian president was provoked by the West into launching the invasion. (AP Photo/Darko Vojinovic)
            
              President Joe Biden steps off Marine One to board Air Force One at John F. Kennedy International Airport in New York, Thursday, Oct. 6, 2022, to travel back to Washington. (AP Photo/Andrew Harnik)
            
              Russian President Vladimir Putin attends a meeting on economic issues via videoconference at the Novo-Ogaryovo residence outside Moscow, Russia, Thursday, Oct. 6, 2022. (Gavriil Grigorov, Sputnik, Kremlin Pool Photo via AP)
            
              President Joe Biden gives a thumbs up to the pilots as he steps off Marine One upon arrival on the South Lawn of the White House, Thursday, Oct. 6, 2022, in Washington. Biden is returning from New York and New Jersey. (AP Photo/Alex Brandon)
            
              A U.S. Army officer military aide carries the nuclear launch codes known as the "football," as he follows President Joe Biden into the White House after arriving on Marine One, Thursday, Oct. 6, 2022, in Washington. Biden is returning from New York and New Jersey. (AP Photo/Alex Brandon)
            
              Volodymyr Yavorskyi, the expert of the Center of Civil Liberties, shows a V-sign in Kyiv, Ukraine, Friday, Oct. 7, 2022. On Friday, Oct. 7, 2022 the Nobel Peace Prize was awarded to jailed Belarus rights activist Ales Bialiatski, the Russian group Memorial and the Ukrainian organization Center for Civil Liberties. (AP Photo/Efrem Lukatsky)
            
              People look through the tram windows as they pass a big screen showing Russian President Vladimir Putin and reading: "Happy birthday to President Vladimir Putin from the Serb brethren!", in Belgrade, Serbia, Friday, Oct. 7, 2022. The posters are signed by a Pro-Russian right-wing group. Putin remains popular in Serbia despite the attack on Ukraine, and many in the Balkan country believe that the Russian president was provoked by the West into launching the invasion. (AP Photo/Darko Vojinovic)
            
              President Joe Biden steps off Marine One to board Air Force One at John F. Kennedy International Airport in New York, Thursday, Oct. 6, 2022, to travel back to Washington. (AP Photo/Andrew Harnik)
            
              Russian President Vladimir Putin attends a meeting on economic issues via videoconference at the Novo-Ogaryovo residence outside Moscow, Russia, Thursday, Oct. 6, 2022. (Gavriil Grigorov, Sputnik, Kremlin Pool Photo via AP)
            
              President Joe Biden gives a thumbs up to the pilots as he steps off Marine One upon arrival on the South Lawn of the White House, Thursday, Oct. 6, 2022, in Washington. Biden is returning from New York and New Jersey. (AP Photo/Alex Brandon)
            
              A U.S. Army officer military aide carries the nuclear launch codes known as the "football," as he follows President Joe Biden into the White House after arriving on Marine One, Thursday, Oct. 6, 2022, in Washington. Biden is returning from New York and New Jersey. (AP Photo/Alex Brandon)
            
              Volodymyr Yavorskyi, the expert of the Center of Civil Liberties, shows a V-sign in Kyiv, Ukraine, Friday, Oct. 7, 2022. On Friday, Oct. 7, 2022 the Nobel Peace Prize was awarded to jailed Belarus rights activist Ales Bialiatski, the Russian group Memorial and the Ukrainian organization Center for Civil Liberties. (AP Photo/Efrem Lukatsky)
            
              People look through the tram windows as they pass a big screen showing Russian President Vladimir Putin and reading: "Happy birthday to President Vladimir Putin from the Serb brethren!", in Belgrade, Serbia, Friday, Oct. 7, 2022. The posters are signed by a Pro-Russian right-wing group. Putin remains popular in Serbia despite the attack on Ukraine, and many in the Balkan country believe that the Russian president was provoked by the West into launching the invasion. (AP Photo/Darko Vojinovic)
            
              President Joe Biden steps off Marine One to board Air Force One at John F. Kennedy International Airport in New York, Thursday, Oct. 6, 2022, to travel back to Washington. (AP Photo/Andrew Harnik)
            
              Russian President Vladimir Putin attends a meeting on economic issues via videoconference at the Novo-Ogaryovo residence outside Moscow, Russia, Thursday, Oct. 6, 2022. (Gavriil Grigorov, Sputnik, Kremlin Pool Photo via AP)
            
              President Joe Biden gives a thumbs up to the pilots as he steps off Marine One upon arrival on the South Lawn of the White House, Thursday, Oct. 6, 2022, in Washington. Biden is returning from New York and New Jersey. (AP Photo/Alex Brandon)
            
              A U.S. Army officer military aide carries the nuclear launch codes known as the "football," as he follows President Joe Biden into the White House after arriving on Marine One, Thursday, Oct. 6, 2022, in Washington. Biden is returning from New York and New Jersey. (AP Photo/Alex Brandon)
            
              Volodymyr Yavorskyi, the expert of the Center of Civil Liberties, shows a V-sign in Kyiv, Ukraine, Friday, Oct. 7, 2022. On Friday, Oct. 7, 2022 the Nobel Peace Prize was awarded to jailed Belarus rights activist Ales Bialiatski, the Russian group Memorial and the Ukrainian organization Center for Civil Liberties. (AP Photo/Efrem Lukatsky)
            
              People look through the tram windows as they pass a big screen showing Russian President Vladimir Putin and reading: "Happy birthday to President Vladimir Putin from the Serb brethren!", in Belgrade, Serbia, Friday, Oct. 7, 2022. The posters are signed by a Pro-Russian right-wing group. Putin remains popular in Serbia despite the attack on Ukraine, and many in the Balkan country believe that the Russian president was provoked by the West into launching the invasion. (AP Photo/Darko Vojinovic)
            
              President Joe Biden steps off Marine One to board Air Force One at John F. Kennedy International Airport in New York, Thursday, Oct. 6, 2022, to travel back to Washington. (AP Photo/Andrew Harnik)
            
              Russian President Vladimir Putin attends a meeting on economic issues via videoconference at the Novo-Ogaryovo residence outside Moscow, Russia, Thursday, Oct. 6, 2022. (Gavriil Grigorov, Sputnik, Kremlin Pool Photo via AP)
            
              President Joe Biden gives a thumbs up to the pilots as he steps off Marine One upon arrival on the South Lawn of the White House, Thursday, Oct. 6, 2022, in Washington. Biden is returning from New York and New Jersey. (AP Photo/Alex Brandon)
            
              A U.S. Army officer military aide carries the nuclear launch codes known as the "football," as he follows President Joe Biden into the White House after arriving on Marine One, Thursday, Oct. 6, 2022, in Washington. Biden is returning from New York and New Jersey. (AP Photo/Alex Brandon)
            
              Volodymyr Yavorskyi, the expert of the Center of Civil Liberties, shows a V-sign in Kyiv, Ukraine, Friday, Oct. 7, 2022. On Friday, Oct. 7, 2022 the Nobel Peace Prize was awarded to jailed Belarus rights activist Ales Bialiatski, the Russian group Memorial and the Ukrainian organization Center for Civil Liberties. (AP Photo/Efrem Lukatsky)
            
              People look through the tram windows as they pass a big screen showing Russian President Vladimir Putin and reading: "Happy birthday to President Vladimir Putin from the Serb brethren!", in Belgrade, Serbia, Friday, Oct. 7, 2022. The posters are signed by a Pro-Russian right-wing group. Putin remains popular in Serbia despite the attack on Ukraine, and many in the Balkan country believe that the Russian president was provoked by the West into launching the invasion. (AP Photo/Darko Vojinovic)
            
              President Joe Biden steps off Marine One to board Air Force One at John F. Kennedy International Airport in New York, Thursday, Oct. 6, 2022, to travel back to Washington. (AP Photo/Andrew Harnik)
            
              Russian President Vladimir Putin attends a meeting on economic issues via videoconference at the Novo-Ogaryovo residence outside Moscow, Russia, Thursday, Oct. 6, 2022. (Gavriil Grigorov, Sputnik, Kremlin Pool Photo via AP)
            
              President Joe Biden gives a thumbs up to the pilots as he steps off Marine One upon arrival on the South Lawn of the White House, Thursday, Oct. 6, 2022, in Washington. Biden is returning from New York and New Jersey. (AP Photo/Alex Brandon)
            
              A U.S. Army officer military aide carries the nuclear launch codes known as the "football," as he follows President Joe Biden into the White House after arriving on Marine One, Thursday, Oct. 6, 2022, in Washington. Biden is returning from New York and New Jersey. (AP Photo/Alex Brandon)
            
              Volodymyr Yavorskyi, the expert of the Center of Civil Liberties, shows a V-sign in Kyiv, Ukraine, Friday, Oct. 7, 2022. On Friday, Oct. 7, 2022 the Nobel Peace Prize was awarded to jailed Belarus rights activist Ales Bialiatski, the Russian group Memorial and the Ukrainian organization Center for Civil Liberties. (AP Photo/Efrem Lukatsky)
            
              People look through the tram windows as they pass a big screen showing Russian President Vladimir Putin and reading: "Happy birthday to President Vladimir Putin from the Serb brethren!", in Belgrade, Serbia, Friday, Oct. 7, 2022. The posters are signed by a Pro-Russian right-wing group. Putin remains popular in Serbia despite the attack on Ukraine, and many in the Balkan country believe that the Russian president was provoked by the West into launching the invasion. (AP Photo/Darko Vojinovic)
            
              President Joe Biden steps off Marine One to board Air Force One at John F. Kennedy International Airport in New York, Thursday, Oct. 6, 2022, to travel back to Washington. (AP Photo/Andrew Harnik)
            
              Russian President Vladimir Putin attends a meeting on economic issues via videoconference at the Novo-Ogaryovo residence outside Moscow, Russia, Thursday, Oct. 6, 2022. (Gavriil Grigorov, Sputnik, Kremlin Pool Photo via AP)
            
              President Joe Biden gives a thumbs up to the pilots as he steps off Marine One upon arrival on the South Lawn of the White House, Thursday, Oct. 6, 2022, in Washington. Biden is returning from New York and New Jersey. (AP Photo/Alex Brandon)
            
              A U.S. Army officer military aide carries the nuclear launch codes known as the "football," as he follows President Joe Biden into the White House after arriving on Marine One, Thursday, Oct. 6, 2022, in Washington. Biden is returning from New York and New Jersey. (AP Photo/Alex Brandon)
            
              President Joe Biden steps off Marine One to board Air Force One at John F. Kennedy International Airport in New York, Thursday, Oct. 6, 2022, to travel back to Washington. (AP Photo/Andrew Harnik)
            
              Russian President Vladimir Putin attends a meeting on economic issues via videoconference at the Novo-Ogaryovo residence outside Moscow, Russia, Thursday, Oct. 6, 2022. (Gavriil Grigorov, Sputnik, Kremlin Pool Photo via AP)
            
              President Joe Biden gives a thumbs up to the pilots as he steps off Marine One upon arrival on the South Lawn of the White House, Thursday, Oct. 6, 2022, in Washington. Biden is returning from New York and New Jersey. (AP Photo/Alex Brandon)
            
              A U.S. Army officer military aide carries the nuclear launch codes known as the "football," as he follows President Joe Biden into the White House after arriving on Marine One, Thursday, Oct. 6, 2022, in Washington. Biden is returning from New York and New Jersey. (AP Photo/Alex Brandon)
            
              President Joe Biden steps off Marine One to board Air Force One at John F. Kennedy International Airport in New York, Thursday, Oct. 6, 2022, to travel back to Washington. (AP Photo/Andrew Harnik)
            
              Russian President Vladimir Putin attends a meeting on economic issues via videoconference at the Novo-Ogaryovo residence outside Moscow, Russia, Thursday, Oct. 6, 2022. (Gavriil Grigorov, Sputnik, Kremlin Pool Photo via AP)
            
              President Joe Biden gives a thumbs up to the pilots as he steps off Marine One upon arrival on the South Lawn of the White House, Thursday, Oct. 6, 2022, in Washington. Biden is returning from New York and New Jersey. (AP Photo/Alex Brandon)
            
              A U.S. Army officer military aide carries the nuclear launch codes known as the "football," as he follows President Joe Biden into the White House after arriving on Marine One, Thursday, Oct. 6, 2022, in Washington. Biden is returning from New York and New Jersey. (AP Photo/Alex Brandon)
            
              President Joe Biden steps off Marine One to board Air Force One at John F. Kennedy International Airport in New York, Thursday, Oct. 6, 2022, to travel back to Washington. (AP Photo/Andrew Harnik)
            
              Russian President Vladimir Putin attends a meeting on economic issues via videoconference at the Novo-Ogaryovo residence outside Moscow, Russia, Thursday, Oct. 6, 2022. (Gavriil Grigorov, Sputnik, Kremlin Pool Photo via AP)
            
              President Joe Biden gives a thumbs up to the pilots as he steps off Marine One upon arrival on the South Lawn of the White House, Thursday, Oct. 6, 2022, in Washington. Biden is returning from New York and New Jersey. (AP Photo/Alex Brandon)
            
              A U.S. Army officer military aide carries the nuclear launch codes known as the "football," as he follows President Joe Biden into the White House after arriving on Marine One, Thursday, Oct. 6, 2022, in Washington. Biden is returning from New York and New Jersey. (AP Photo/Alex Brandon)
            
              President Joe Biden steps off Marine One to board Air Force One at John F. Kennedy International Airport in New York, Thursday, Oct. 6, 2022, to travel back to Washington. (AP Photo/Andrew Harnik)
            
              Russian President Vladimir Putin attends a meeting on economic issues via videoconference at the Novo-Ogaryovo residence outside Moscow, Russia, Thursday, Oct. 6, 2022. (Gavriil Grigorov, Sputnik, Kremlin Pool Photo via AP)
            
              President Joe Biden gives a thumbs up to the pilots as he steps off Marine One upon arrival on the South Lawn of the White House, Thursday, Oct. 6, 2022, in Washington. Biden is returning from New York and New Jersey. (AP Photo/Alex Brandon)
            
              A U.S. Army officer military aide carries the nuclear launch codes known as the "football," as he follows President Joe Biden into the White House after arriving on Marine One, Thursday, Oct. 6, 2022, in Washington. Biden is returning from New York and New Jersey. (AP Photo/Alex Brandon)
            
              President Joe Biden steps off Marine One to board Air Force One at John F. Kennedy International Airport in New York, Thursday, Oct. 6, 2022, to travel back to Washington. (AP Photo/Andrew Harnik)
            
              Russian President Vladimir Putin attends a meeting on economic issues via videoconference at the Novo-Ogaryovo residence outside Moscow, Russia, Thursday, Oct. 6, 2022. (Gavriil Grigorov, Sputnik, Kremlin Pool Photo via AP)
            
              President Joe Biden steps off Marine One to board Air Force One at John F. Kennedy International Airport in New York, Thursday, Oct. 6, 2022, to travel back to Washington. (AP Photo/Andrew Harnik)
            
              Russian President Vladimir Putin attends a meeting on economic issues via videoconference at the Novo-Ogaryovo residence outside Moscow, Russia, Thursday, Oct. 6, 2022. (Gavriil Grigorov, Sputnik, Kremlin Pool Photo via AP)
            
              President Joe Biden steps off Marine One to board Air Force One at John F. Kennedy International Airport in New York, Thursday, Oct. 6, 2022, to travel back to Washington. (AP Photo/Andrew Harnik)
            
              Russian President Vladimir Putin attends a meeting on economic issues via videoconference at the Novo-Ogaryovo residence outside Moscow, Russia, Thursday, Oct. 6, 2022. (Gavriil Grigorov, Sputnik, Kremlin Pool Photo via AP)
            
              President Joe Biden steps off Marine One to board Air Force One at John F. Kennedy International Airport in New York, Thursday, Oct. 6, 2022, to travel back to Washington. (AP Photo/Andrew Harnik)
            
              Russian President Vladimir Putin attends a meeting on economic issues via videoconference at the Novo-Ogaryovo residence outside Moscow, Russia, Thursday, Oct. 6, 2022. (Gavriil Grigorov, Sputnik, Kremlin Pool Photo via AP)
            
              President Joe Biden steps off Marine One to board Air Force One at John F. Kennedy International Airport in New York, Thursday, Oct. 6, 2022, to travel back to Washington. (AP Photo/Andrew Harnik)
            
              Russian President Vladimir Putin attends a meeting on economic issues via videoconference at the Novo-Ogaryovo residence outside Moscow, Russia, Thursday, Oct. 6, 2022. (Gavriil Grigorov, Sputnik, Kremlin Pool Photo via AP)
            
              President Joe Biden steps off Marine One to board Air Force One at John F. Kennedy International Airport in New York, Thursday, Oct. 6, 2022, to travel back to Washington. (AP Photo/Andrew Harnik)
            
              Russian President Vladimir Putin attends a meeting on economic issues via videoconference at the Novo-Ogaryovo residence outside Moscow, Russia, Thursday, Oct. 6, 2022. (Gavriil Grigorov, Sputnik, Kremlin Pool Photo via AP)
            
              President Joe Biden steps off Marine One to board Air Force One at John F. Kennedy International Airport in New York, Thursday, Oct. 6, 2022, to travel back to Washington. (AP Photo/Andrew Harnik)
            
              Russian President Vladimir Putin attends a meeting on economic issues via videoconference at the Novo-Ogaryovo residence outside Moscow, Russia, Thursday, Oct. 6, 2022. (Gavriil Grigorov, Sputnik, Kremlin Pool Photo via AP)
            
              President Joe Biden steps off Marine One to board Air Force One at John F. Kennedy International Airport in New York, Thursday, Oct. 6, 2022, to travel back to Washington. (AP Photo/Andrew Harnik)
            
              Russian President Vladimir Putin attends a meeting on economic issues via videoconference at the Novo-Ogaryovo residence outside Moscow, Russia, Thursday, Oct. 6, 2022. (Gavriil Grigorov, Sputnik, Kremlin Pool Photo via AP)
            
              President Joe Biden steps off Marine One to board Air Force One at John F. Kennedy International Airport in New York, Thursday, Oct. 6, 2022, to travel back to Washington. (AP Photo/Andrew Harnik)
            
              Russian President Vladimir Putin attends a meeting on economic issues via videoconference at the Novo-Ogaryovo residence outside Moscow, Russia, Thursday, Oct. 6, 2022. (Gavriil Grigorov, Sputnik, Kremlin Pool Photo via AP)
            
              President Joe Biden steps off Marine One to board Air Force One at John F. Kennedy International Airport in New York, Thursday, Oct. 6, 2022, to travel back to Washington. (AP Photo/Andrew Harnik)
            
              Russian President Vladimir Putin attends a meeting on economic issues via videoconference at the Novo-Ogaryovo residence outside Moscow, Russia, Thursday, Oct. 6, 2022. (Gavriil Grigorov, Sputnik, Kremlin Pool Photo via AP)
            
              Russian President Vladimir Putin attends a meeting on economic issues via videoconference at the Novo-Ogaryovo residence outside Moscow, Russia, Thursday, Oct. 6, 2022. (Gavriil Grigorov, Sputnik, Kremlin Pool Photo via AP)
            
              Russian President Vladimir Putin attends a meeting on economic issues via videoconference at the Novo-Ogaryovo residence outside Moscow, Russia, Thursday, Oct. 6, 2022. (Gavriil Grigorov, Sputnik, Kremlin Pool Photo via AP)
            
              Russian President Vladimir Putin attends a meeting on economic issues via videoconference at the Novo-Ogaryovo residence outside Moscow, Russia, Thursday, Oct. 6, 2022. (Gavriil Grigorov, Sputnik, Kremlin Pool Photo via AP)
            
              Russian President Vladimir Putin attends a meeting on economic issues via videoconference at the Novo-Ogaryovo residence outside Moscow, Russia, Thursday, Oct. 6, 2022. (Gavriil Grigorov, Sputnik, Kremlin Pool Photo via AP)
            
              Russian President Vladimir Putin attends a meeting on economic issues via videoconference at the Novo-Ogaryovo residence outside Moscow, Russia, Thursday, Oct. 6, 2022. (Gavriil Grigorov, Sputnik, Kremlin Pool Photo via AP)
            
              Russian President Vladimir Putin attends a meeting on economic issues via videoconference at the Novo-Ogaryovo residence outside Moscow, Russia, Thursday, Oct. 6, 2022. (Gavriil Grigorov, Sputnik, Kremlin Pool Photo via AP)

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Joe Biden’s warning that the world is at risk of a nuclear “Armageddon” was designed to send an unvarnished message that no one should underestimate the extraordinary danger if Russia deploys tactical nuclear weapons in its war against Ukraine, administration officials said Friday.

The president’s grim assessment, delivered during a Democratic fundraiser on Thursday night, rippled around the globe and appeared to edge beyond the boundaries of current U.S. intelligence assessments. U.S. security officials continue to say they have no evidence that Vladimir Putin has imminent plans for a nuclear strike.

Biden veered into talk about Ukraine at the end of his standard fundraising remarks, saying that Putin was “not joking when he talks about the use of tactical nuclear weapons or biological or chemical weapons.”

“We have not faced the prospect of Armageddon since Kennedy and the Cuban Missile Crisis,” he added. He suggested the threat from Putin is real “because his military is — you might say — significantly underperforming.”

White House press secretary Karine Jean-Pierre on Friday did not directly respond to a question about whether Biden had gone into the event intending to invoke Armageddon, as the White House sought to clarify the president’s off-the-cuff comments.

She told reporters: “Russia’s talk of using nuclear weapons is irresponsible and there’s no way to use them without unintended consequences. It cannot happen.” She added that “if the Cuban missile crisis has taught us anything, it is the value of reducing nuclear risk and not brandishing it.”

Biden’s national security team for months has warned that Russia could use weapons of mass destruction in Ukraine as it has faced a series of strategic setbacks on the battlefield. But the president’s remarks were the starkest warnings yet by the U.S. government about the nuclear stakes.

One U.S. official said Biden was also trying to warn against underestimating the danger any level of tactical nuclear weapons.

There’s some concern in the administration that Russia has determined it can use its nuclear arsenal in a manner short of a “full-blown” nuclear attack on Ukraine and face only limited reaction from U.S. and Western allies who are determined to keep the Ukraine conflict from turning into a broader war, according to the official, who spoke on condition of anonymity to discuss administration thinking

Putin has repeatedly alluded to using his country’s vast nuclear arsenal, including last month when he announced plans to conscript Russian men to serve in Ukraine.

“I want to remind you that our country also has various means of destruction … and when the territorial integrity of our country is threatened, to protect Russia and our people, we will certainly use all the means at our disposal,” Putin said. “It’s not a bluff.”

In Europe, leaders sought to turn down the volume after Biden’s stark warning.

Asked about Biden’s remarks, French President Emmanuel Macron said it was crucial to speak with care on the nuclear threat.

“I have always refused to engage in political fiction, and especially … when speaking of nuclear weapons,” Macron said at a EU summit in Prague. “On this issue, we must be very careful.”

European Council President Charles Michel told reporters that leaders take “every escalation very seriously,”

“Threats will not intimidate us,” Michel said. “Instead, we are going to remain calm. We are going to keep cool heads and we will, each time, denounce the irresponsible character of these threats.”

Jean-Pierre reiterated on Friday the U.S. has “not seen any reason to adjust our own strategic nuclear posture nor do we have indications that Russia is preparing to imminently use nuclear weapons.”

It’s not the first time that Biden’s comments have appeared to push against the margins of U.S. policy.

Last month, Biden, in a CBS “60 Minutes” interview, said that “U.S. forces, U.S. men and women, would defend Taiwan in the event of a Chinese invasion. “

The White House said after the interview that U.S. policy toward Taiwan hasn’t changed. That policy says Washington wants to see Taiwan’s status resolved peacefully but doesn’t say whether U.S. forces might be sent in response to a Chinese attack.

In March, as he wrapped up a speech in Warsaw, Biden seemed to call for the ouster of Putin, saying, “For God’s sake, this man cannot remain in power.” Before Biden could even board Air Force One to begin the flight back to Washington, aides were scrambling to clarify that he wasn’t calling for an immediate change in government in Moscow.

Earlier that month, Biden called Putin a “war criminal” for the Russian onslaught in Ukraine before the White House walked back the comments. The White House had been avoiding applying the “war criminal” label to Putin, because it requires investigation and an international determination.

After Biden used the term, his then-press secretary, Jen Psaki, said the president was “speaking from his heart” and clarified that the administration acknowledged there is a process for making a formal determination.

As for Biden’s latest eyebrow-raising remarks, “People sort of say, ‘Oh, yeah, it’s Biden. You know, he says this stuff,'” said Hans Kristensen, director of the Nuclear Information Project at the Federation of American Scientists, and a veteran of nuclear policy research.

“But overseas countries are saying, ‘Whoa, this is what the U.S. president says,”‘ Kristensen said. “And so that means we have to be really careful about using big words” that in themselves can escalate nuclear tensions unintentionally.

Biden’s strong choice of words could have an have an unintended impact with Russia, Kristensen said, the biggest problem with the president’s latest comments.

“It’s quite clear to me that Putin will be looking at this and say to himself ‘Wow, you know, I got their attention now. So they’re really afraid.'”

___

Associated Press writers Sylvie Corbet in Prague, Lorne Cook in Brussels and Zeke Miller in Washington contributed reporting. Boak reported from Hagerstown, Maryland.

___

Follow AP’s coverage of the war in Ukraine at https://apnews.com/hub/russia-ukraine

Copyright © The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.

AP

murders...
Associated Press

Appeals court upholds most Eyman campaign finance violations

A Washington state Court of Appeals on Tuesday upheld most of the campaign finance violations that longtime anti-tax initiative promoter Tim Eyman was found liable for last year.
10 hours ago
A Washington State Department of Agriculture worker displays an Asian giant hornet taken from a nes...
Associated Press

No northern giant hornets found in 2022 in Washington state

Citizen trapping of northern giant hornets in northwest Washington ended Nov. 30 without any confirmed sightings of the hornets this year, state officials said Tuesday.
10 hours ago
FILE - Peruvian President Pedro Castillo gives a press conference at the presidential palace in Lim...
Associated Press

Peru’s president dissolves Congress ahead of 3rd removal try

LIMA, Peru (AP) — Peruvian President Pedro Castillo dissolved the nation’s Congress on Wednesday and called for new legislative elections, beating lawmakers to the punch as they prepared to debate a third attempt to remove him from office. Castillo also installed a new emergency government, and called in a televised address for the next round […]
1 day ago
Associated Press

Fired state TV chief’s World Bank job shocks many in Poland

WARSAW, Poland (AP) — The former head of Poland’s state broadcaster said Wednesday that he now has a job at the World Bank, spurring disbelief in the European Union country where he is known for turning the news channel into a propaganda tool for the right-wing government. Kurski, who has no finance experience, said on […]
1 day ago
Associated Press

Clean energy grant fraud results in 7 year prison sentence

BOSTON (AP) — A Massachusetts man who participated in a scheme to defraud the U.S. government out of about $50 million in tax-free grants intended to fund clean energy projects has been sentenced to seven years in prison, federal prosecutors said Wednesday. Christopher N. Condron, 50, was also sentenced Tuesday in U.S. District Court in […]
1 day ago
Ivan Safronov, an adviser to the director of Russia's state space corporation is seen on a TV scree...
Associated Press

Russian court upholds ex-reporter’s 22-year treason sentence

MOSCOW (AP) — A court in the Russian capital on Wednesday rejected an appeal from a former journalist who was convicted of treason and given a 22-year prison sentence following what was widely seen as a politically motivated trial. The appeals court upheld the September sentence handed to Ivan Safronov, who worked as a military […]
1 day ago

Sponsored Articles

Comcast Ready for Business Fund...
Ilona Lohrey | President and CEO, GSBA

GSBA is closing the disparity gap with Ready for Business Fund

GSBA, Comcast, and other partners are working to address disparities in access to financial resources with the Ready for Business fund.
SHIBA WA...

Medicare open enrollment is here and SHIBA can help!

The SHIBA program – part of the Office of the Insurance Commissioner – is ready to help with your Medicare open enrollment decisions.
Lake Washington Windows...

Choosing Best Windows for Your Home

Lake Washington Windows and Doors is a local window dealer offering the exclusive Leak Armor installation.
Anacortes Christmas Tree...

Come one, come all! Food, Drink, and Coastal Christmas – Anacortes has it all!

Come celebrate Anacortes’ 11th annual Bier on the Pier! Bier on the Pier takes place on October 7th and 8th and features local ciders, food trucks and live music - not to mention the beautiful views of the Guemes Channel and backdrop of downtown Anacortes.
Swedish Cyberknife Treatment...

The revolutionary treatment of Swedish CyberKnife provides better quality of life for majority of patients

There are a wide variety of treatments options available for men with prostate cancer. One of the most technologically advanced treatment options in the Pacific Northwest is Stereotactic Body Radiation Therapy using the CyberKnife platform at Swedish Medical Center.
Work at Zum Services...

Seattle Public Schools announces three-year contract with Zum

Seattle Public Schools just announced a three-year contract with a brand-new company to the Pacific Northwest to assist with their student transportation: Zum.
Biden’s ‘Armageddon’ talk edges beyond bounds of US intel