This report is yet unconfirmed (but given Biden’s proclivities, seems plausible)
White House Press Secretary, ‘Pjen’ Psaki today released a transcript of President Biden’s telephone call to Russian Prime Minister, Vladimir Putin.
Biden called Putin in the aftermath of the Russian cyberattacks against American companies.
NBC News reported Friday that:
“President Joe Biden warned Russian President Vladimir Putin in a call Friday that the United States “will take any necessary action to defend its people and its critical infrastructure,” as cyberattacks against American companies originating in Russia have continued.
In the conversation according to Psaki, Biden told Putin, “Damn the Torpedos” and “We shall fight on beaches, we shall fight on the landing grounds, we shall fight in fields and in the streets, we shall fight in the hills. We shall never surrender …”
And, he added, “the only thing we have to fear is fear itself”.
Biden also relayed to the Russian leader, ”… something my daddy always said, Joey he’d say,, “Neither a wise nor a brave man lies down on the tracks of history to wait for the train of the future to run over him. “Only our individual faith in freedom can keep us free.”
According to Psaki, Biden also told Putin, “As I have often said, if worse comes to worse, I only regret that I have but one life to give for my country.“
Psaki said that the President told her after his conversation with Putin that, “We have met the enemy and they are ours.” He also told her that, in any conflict with Russia, “we shall overcome”, a statement he said he coined during the Civil Rights era.
It was also reported that the President added some items to the list of entities which are ‘off-limits” to Russian hackers he had given Putin when they met.