“We will never return together,” the secretary of state told the Russian leader.
Secretary of State Anthony Blinken sent a message to President Putin urging a Taylor Swift hit that the deteriorating Russia-US relations due to the situation in Ukraine are not on the way to improvement.
In an introductory speech at Georgetown University on Saturday, Blinken began comparing himself to 11-time Grammy winner Swift, who had previously attended the same role at New York University.
“I want to start by kicking the elephant out of the house. Yes, NYU has Taylor Swift as their introductory speaker. “ Secretary of State, who is a guitar enthusiast.
“Now, my staff did not allow me to bring my guitar here to dedicate a performance of ‘We Are Never Getting Back Together’ to President Putin.” He added laughter and applause.
The diplomat said his staff had warned him that a full presentation would be made “Diplomatic” And “Trembling.”
Provide an introductory address for Georgetown University, sec. Blinken jokes about getting NYU Taylor Swift: "My staff did not allow me to bring my guitar here to dedicate a performance of “We Are Never Getting Back Together” to President Putin." https://t.co/1yNOqWkEVA pic.twitter.com/LTbsieuMcl
– ABC News (@BC) May 21, 2022
We Are Ever Getting Back Together is a hit from Swift’s fourth album of 2012, which has garnered over 694 million views on YouTube.
Blinken’s remarks came just days after US President Joe Biden signed a 40 billion military and economic aid package for Ukraine, citing threats from the United States and plans to keep its troops in Europe at 100,000 in the near future. Russia.
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Also on Saturday, Moscow issued a list of 963 American citizens who have been permanently barred from entering Russia, including both Biden and Blinken.