Putin Smirks At Bumbling Biden: Joe, you’re on mute – “Hello! Ha, ha ha, ha, ha…” [VIDEO]

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Mr. President, you have to unmute yourself.

President Biden and Russian President Vladimir Putin on Tuesday opened a two-hour summit with waves hello — and some Biden virtual-meeting technical difficulties — before discussing concerns that Russia may invade Ukraine.

The Biden team closed the meeting’s start to US reporters, but Russian state media published video of an amicable introduction and the Kremlin released an image that showed Biden waving with a smile on his face.

Biden seemed to start the dialogue with his microphone muted as his lips moved without audio.

“I welcome you, Mr. President,” Putin said through a translator.

“There you go,” Biden said moments later as he pressed a button to unmute himself.

“There you go,” Biden said moments later as he pressed a button to unmute himself.

“Hello! Ha, ha ha, ha, ha. Good to see you again,” Biden was finally able to reply.

“Good afternoon,” a smirking Putin said.

“I uh, unfortunately last time I — we didn’t get to see each other at the G20. I hope next time we meet, we do it in person,” Biden said.

After the call ended, the White House said Biden “voiced the deep concerns of the United States and our European Allies about Russia’s escalation of forces surrounding Ukraine and made clear that the U.S. and our allies would respond with strong economic and other measures in the event of military escalation.”

Biden “called for de-escalation and a return to diplomacy,” the statement said.

“The two presidents tasked their teams to follow up, and the U.S. will do so in close coordination with allies and partners. The presidents also discussed the U.S.-Russia dialogue on Strategic Stability, a separate dialogue

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