Biden needs to ‘back off’ Armageddon language, work to get Russia to the table with Ukraine: Mullen – ABC News

President Joe Biden’s warning last week that Vladimir Putin was “not joking” about possibly using nuclear weapons was “concerning” and counterproductive to bringing an end to Russia’s invasion of Ukraine, retired Adm. Mike Mullen said Sunday.

“President Biden’s language — we’re about at the top of the language scale, if you will. And I think we need to back off that a little bit and do everything we possibly can to try to get to the table to resolve this thing,” Mullen told “This Week” co-anchor Martha Raddatz.

Mullen was referring to what Biden said on Thursday when he warned that for the “first time since the Cuban missile crisis, we have the direct threat of the use of a nuclear weapon if in fact things continue down the path that they are going.”

Biden needs to ‘back off’ Armageddon language, work to get Russia to the table with Ukraine: Mullen – ABC News