US President Joe Biden said that the American elections should be protected not only from external threats, as he spoke with his Russian counterpart Vladimir Putin but also from internal ones.
вЂњWe need to protect the elections not only from threats from the outside, which I talked about with Putin but also from the threat inside,вЂќ Biden said in Philadelphia, speaking on the topic of voting rights.
Biden met with Putin in Geneva on June 16, after which they had a telephone conversation.
As Biden said, during his last trip to Europe, the leaders of the EU and NATO countries were interested in what would happen next with the United States. вЂњIn NATO and the EU, they asked if everything would be fine. The citadel of democracy, whether it will be OK, вЂњ Biden said.
He said that the storming of the Capitol on January 6 was an unprecedented event. вЂњI thought I had already seen everything, but I have never seen anything like this,вЂќ the US president said. вЂњThe world is wondering what we will do,вЂќ Biden said.
According to Biden, in 2020, American democracy was tested first by a pandemic, then by-elections, but the country passed this test. He called for preparing now for the next test вЂ” the midterm elections to the House of Representatives of the Congress in 2022.
вЂњThe 2020 election has come under the most intense scrutiny,вЂќ Biden said.
He stressed that all the recounts of votes confirmed the result, the campaign was checked twice by the Supreme Court of the country. He stressed that the doubts of Trump and his supporters are вЂњa big lieвЂќ, and to subject such an assessment to the most important right of Americans means to act unpatriotically.
вЂњSomething in America should be simple and directly applicable: the right to vote, the right to vote freely, and that the vote should be taken into account. Our job is to protect this right,вЂќ Biden said.