Hersh stated that the CIA was asked to create a cover story following a meeting between President Biden and German Chancellor Olaf Scholz on March 3. Scholz's visit to Washington was brief and didn't include the usual joint press briefing that follows a meeting between the presidents and other world leaders. The cover story is a completely different narrative to Hersh's February 8, 2008 report. Hersh used anonymous sources to report that the Nord Stream pipelines had been destroyed by explosives placed by US Navy divers under cover of NATO drills in The Baltic Sea. Scholz last visited Washington on February 7, 2022. To the Nord Stream 2 pipe. Biden, February 2022: "If Russia invades...then it will not be possible to have a Nord Stream 2." Q: "But, how do you do that precisely, since...the project's under Germany's control?"
Biden: I promise you that we will be capable of doing that.