Transcript for Russia not backing down
- --affairs correspondent Martha Raddatz will be hosting This Week later on this morning. Martha, good morning to you. It's always great to have you. So let's go ahead and start with that escalating situation on the Ukraine border. Despite repeated warnings from the US and other allies, Russia does not appear to be backing down. How likely is an invasion? And what options does the Biden administration have left to stop it?
- Well, Whit, I think the administration is deeply worried about the possibility of an invasion. They've been talking about it and watching it for several months. And as MaryAlice pointed out, all signs point to them wanting to invade Ukraine.
Now, I don't think Putin has made up his mind at this point. But the US is standing by in case they do. I mean, they have tried every diplomatic avenue possible. There is still time for more if the Russians cooperate in some way. But as it stands right now, they believe that an invasion could happen, if Putin makes that decision, anywhere from a week or so from now to mid-February.
- Raising serious concerns. But I do want to turn to the pandemic. You'll be interviewing the US Surgeon General Vivek Murthy later on this morning. Americans are growing increasingly frustrated in this omicron surge, whether it's a lack of testing or complicated guidelines. What's the administration doing to address criticism that some of their efforts, some say, are too little, too late?
- Well, I think in some ways, they will repeat what we keep hearing, that they are now going to give these tests. They're getting these rapid tests out. But it's taken two months to get to this point. As you guys well know, it was almost two months ago when we learned about the omicron variant.
And there's going to be a lot of questions about why it took so long to get where we are today, where they're taking some actions, Whit.
WHIT JOHNSON: Martha, thank you. We always appreciate it. And be sure to watch This Week later on this morning. As we noted, Martha Raddatz goes one-on-one with Surgeon General Vivek Murthy about the Biden administration's new plan to distribute those 500 million rapid COVID tests. Plus House Majority Whip Jim Clyburn discusses the Democrats' push for voting rights legislation and the state of Biden's presidency one year into office.
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