Sat. Dec 4th, 2021

Yamiche Alcindor:

Well, that is a key question, Judy. What exactly is President Biden looking for in this meeting with the Russian president? And how, really, will it benefit the American people? That’s the question that I have been putting to White House sources and aides.

And they say this is really about showing that the U.S. is strong and that the U.S. can confront Russia head on. There’s also this sense that President Biden really wants to turn the page and not be like his predecessor. There is a feeling here that this meeting is going to be going on for some four to five hours. So there’s going to be a lot to talk about.

Now, President Biden, though, has called the Russian president a killer. He has said that he does not trust him. So there really is this feeling that, while President Biden is here meeting with him, that he really wants to try to find some common ground, but also wants to make the case that the United States should be talking to, in some ways, our adversaries, as well as the people that are close with us, our allies.

And President Biden will be holding that solo press conference. And White House officials tell me it’s because he does not want to be seen as competing with the president of Russia. He doesn’t want to be seen as looking at who spoke longest. And he really wants to be making the case why this is important for the American people.

But there are a lot of questions about, what are the deliverables that are going to come out of this meeting? And we’re going to, of course, be hopefully asking some questions in that press conference and getting some answers, Judy.

By rahul