Joe Biden was branded as “too old and too ineffective” to successfully serve as US President for the remainder of his mandate. Sir Christopher argued Mr Biden is a “lame duck president” as he joined detractors of the US leader in criticising his performance so far. Mr Biden has faced widespread criticism over his response to the ongoing Covid pandemic and has been accused of undermining the US’ international role with his disastrous withdrawal from Afghanistan last year.
He said: “My crystal ball says he’s too old, too ineffective and the Democratic Party too split to enable him to have a sound basis to recover in the mid-term election.
“I think we should expect a situation in which the Democrats lose either one or both houses of Congress, both the House of Representatives and the Senate.
“If it then happens will render him, Joe Biden, a lame-duck President with a lame-duck vide-president in the shape of Vice-President Kamala.”
He added: “It is serious because we’re looking to the Americans, looking to the Biden Administration to do some stuff to lead the western world and to re-establish some of the stability of which the United States was the cornerstone.”
Sir Christopher also hit out at Mr Biden’s strategy to handle Vladimir Putin’s hostile behaviour, lamenting the inability of former Secretary of State Henry Kissinger of taking over the negotiations.
The former diplomat also admitted to fearing Russia could “take another bite” out of Ukraine to show President Biden Moscow is “serious” with its demands over Easter Europe.
Russian troops have been amassing at the border with Ukraine, sparking fears of a new conflict in the region as an estimated 104,000 troops lay in wait.
President Biden has warned Putin he is prepared to retaliate for any attempt to annex extra parts of Ukraine to Russia but he has also been in talks with the Russian president to reach a peaceful agreement.
The White House said in a statement this week Mr Biden told Ukraine’s President Volodymyr Zelenskiy the United States and its allies will “respond decisively” if Russia further invades Ukraine.
Russia demanded that the military alliance remove offensive weaponry from countries in the region.
Following a 50-minute call with Putin, President Biden said: “I made clear to President Putin that if he makes any more moves, if he goes into Ukraine, we will have severe sanctions.
“We will increase our presence in Europe, with our NATO allies, and there will be a heavy price to pay for it.”
The US leader said Putin agreed on “three major conferences” in February with senior staff to help find a resolution and said he expected progress from those negotiations.
However, he added, “I made it clear that it only could work if he de-escalated.”
Asked if Moscow faces sanctions if it kept troops on the border, Mr Biden said: “I’m not going to negotiate here in public but we made it clear that he cannot – emphasize cannot – move on Ukraine.”