CJR Staff
July 9, 2023

Biden shares war details on CNN broadcast

President Joe Biden continues to defend his decision to send aid to Ukraine while also revealing details about the exact weapons we are sending, where we are sending them, and what the strategy for use of the weapons will be.

Just this week, President Biden defended the choice to send cluster munitions to Ukraine. Biden said that Ukraine is "running out" of the ammunition that they need, and "we're low on it."

The comments from Biden came during a portion of an interview with Washington Post columnist and CNN host Fareed Zakaria.

Biden said we are "running out"

The interview aired on on Sunday’s broadcast of CNN’s Fareed Zakaria GPS.

Biden said, "[I]t was a very difficult decision on my part. And by the way, I discussed this with our allies. I discussed this with our friends up on the Hill."

"And we’re in a situation where Ukraine continues to be brutally attacked across the board by munitions, by these cluster munitions that have dud rates that are very, very low — I mean, very high, that are a danger to civilians, number one," Biden added.

"Number two, the Ukrainians are running out of ammunition. The ammunition — they call them 155-millimeter weapons. This is a war relating to munitions," Biden said.

"And they’re running out of that ammunition, and we’re low on it. And so, what I finally did, I took the recommendation of the Defense Department to, not permanently, but to allow for, in this transition period, while we get more 155 weapons — these shells for the Ukrainians, to provide them with something that has a very low dud rate," Biden said.

After Biden gave specifics on the exact kind of weapons and admitted that we are low on them, he went on to reveal the strategy in using the weapons.

"And it’s not used in civilian areas. They’re trying to get through those trenches and stop those tanks from rolling," Biden said, revealing the strategy.

"And so, — but it was not an easy decision. And it’s not — we’re not signatories of that agreement. But, it took me a while to be convinced to do it. But the main thing is, they either have the weapons to stop the Russians now…keep them from stopping the Ukrainian offensive through these areas, or they don’t. And I think they needed them," Biden said.

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