CJR Staff
July 10, 2023

RFK Jr. calls out Biden for sending cluster bombs to Ukraine

Democratic presidential candidate Robert Kennedy Jr. blasted President Joe Biden for sending cluster bombs to Ukraine.

The criticism from Kennedy came just a year after former press secretary Jen Psaki said sending cluster bombs "could be a war crime."

Kennedy has called on Biden to "stop the ceaseless escalation" between the United States and Russia.

Kennedy blasts Biden

The call from Kennedy comes after Biden recently gave his administration permission to send controversial weapons known as cluster munitions to Ukraine.

"Last year, WH Press Secretary Jen Psaki called the use of cluster bombs a 'war crime.' Now President Biden plans to send them to Ukraine. Stop the ceaseless escalation! It is time for peace," Kennedy said on Twitter.

"Biden was opposed to cluster bombs in 1982 as well, when he opposed their sale to Israel. What happened to his conscience?" Kennedy wrote in a second tweet about the issue.

"Kennedy's remarks come after the Biden administration announced this week that its latest aid package to Ukraine would include cluster munitions, which are bombs that release smaller explosives across a wide area when detonated," reported Fox.

"Cluster-type bombs have been banned by more than 100 countries, because they are known to kill or maim civilians. In many cases, dud submunitions fall to the ground without exploding but unexpectedly detonate later, even years after they were dropped," Fox reported.

The "dud rate" for munitions the Pentagon is sending to Ukraine is below 3%.

In February 2022, then-White House press secretary Jen Psaki said that Russian use of cluster bombs could be a "war crime."

"There are reports of illegal cluster bombs and vacuum bombs being used by the Russians. If that’s true, what is the next step of this administration? And is there a red line for how much violence will be tolerated against civilians in this manner that’s illegal and potentially a war crime," a reporter asked at the time.

"It is – it would be. I don’t have any confirmation of that. We have seen the reports. If that were true, it would potentially be a war crime," Psaki responded.

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