Russian Host Says Biden Should Be Ousted for Moscow 'Partner' Donald Trump

A Russian state TV host has said that President Joe Biden should be removed from office and replaced by his predecessor Donald Trump, whom he described as a "partner" for Moscow.

The view expressed by Evgeny Popov on the Russian program 60 Minutes on Tuesday follows Biden's comments that Russian President Vladimir Putin "cannot remain in power," which prompted a semblance of damage control from the White House, which insisted he was not calling for regime change.

Biden's comments made in Warsaw on Saturday during a European visit, amid Russia's continued bombardment of Ukraine and claims Putin's forces were targeting civilians, have gained a lot of traction in Russia.

Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov called it a "personal insult," and the White House's apparent damage control afterwards highlighted concerns that Biden's comment could be a diplomatic obstacle to ending the war.

In a comment suggesting who Russia would prefer in the White House, Popov said on Channel One on Tuesday: "It's time for us, our people, to call on the people of the United States to change the regime in the U.S. early, and to again help our partner, Trump, to become president."

A report by former special counsel Robert Mueller into claims Moscow interfered in the 2016 U.S. election found no proof Trump criminally colluded with Russia, although claims about connections between Russia and Trump have been the subject of scrutiny for years. The report did find that Russia had meddled in the U.S. election "in sweeping and
systematic fashion."

Newsweek has contacted the White House and Trump's representatives for comment.

Russia's restricted media landscape, in which Kremlin-critical independent outlets have been forced to close, has been highlighting any perceived pro-Russian sentiment in American media, including from Trump and from Fox News' Tucker Carlson.

This March, Carlson repeated claims from Russia's Foreign Ministry claims Biden's son, Hunter Biden, helped fund a U.S. biolab in Ukraine.

As Newsweek has reported previously, Moscow's broader claims that Ukraine was preparing biological weapons in cahoots with the U.S., which have been echoed by several U.S. right-wing networks, has been dismissed by one Swedish-based scientist as "ridiculous."

But Julia Davis, a columnist for The Daily Beast who monitors Russian media, wrote this week that the Kremlin considers the Hunter biolab story as one that can hurt Joe Biden's chances of reelection.

Trump was criticized this week for asking Putin to release any information he has about Hunter Biden's alleged business dealings in Russia.

Trump repeated claims that Hunter Biden's company allegedly received $3.5 million from Elena Baturina, the widow of former Moscow mayor Yuri Luzhkov.

Trump said: "Putin would know the answer to that. I think he should release it."

Ahead of Putin's invasion of Ukraine in late February, Trump called the Russian leader a "genius."

Donald Trump and Joe Biden
Former U.S. President Donald Trump (L) on February 26, 2022, in Orlando, Florida. A Russian TV host has called for President Joe Biden (R) to be ousted and for Trump to replace him. Getty Images