Kamala Harris Thinks Sanctions Will Stop Putin, Despite Claiming He’s Made Up His Mind

(PresidentialInsider.com)- On Sunday, Vice President Kamala Harris said with absolute certainty that the threat of sanctions would deter Vladimir Putin from invading Ukraine … which, she said, Putin has already decided to do.

Unsurprisingly, Kamala appeared unbothered by that contradiction.

During an impromptu press scrum from Munich on Sunday, a reporter asked the inexperienced Vice President since the White House believes Putin has already made up his mind to invade, why not impose the sanctions on Russia now.

Quickly scanning her memory for the talking points her staffers put together for her, Kamala explained that the purpose of sanctions is deterrence. Then she launched into a tangent about how these are the “greatest” and “strongest” sanctions in the history of sanctions.

In short, she didn’t answer the question.

So the reporter tried again, asking if Putin has made up his mind, is the threat of sanctions deterring him.

Kamala, searching her memory for the correct talking points, explained that these sanctions aren’t just coming from the United States. Instead, they’re a product of “our perspective” and “a shared perspective among our Allies.”

(Still doesn’t answer the question.)

The “Allied relationship,” Kamala continued “is such that we have agreed that the deterrence effect of these sanctions is still a meaningful one.”

(Still doesn’t answer the question.)

Then she shifted to explaining to the reporter that she should remember they still hope for a “diplomatic path out of this moment.”

(Still doesn’t answer the question.)

Then Kamala explained – and see if you can follow this word salad – “And within the context then of the fact that the window is still opening, altho—open, although it is absolutely narrowing – but within the context of a diplomatic path still being open, the deterrence effect, we believe, has merit.”

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Um. What?

Notice she never answered the reporter’s question.

Of course, on Monday when Putin officially recognized the independence of Donetsk and Luhansk, the two eastern Ukraine territories controlled by Russian-backed separatists, and ordered Russian “peacekeeping” forces to enter the territories, the reporter got her answer.

The threat of sanctions alone won’t deter Putin from moving on Ukraine.