The White House was forced to clarify on Friday that American troops would not be going into Ukraine after President Biden appeared to make a slip that there could be boots on the ground in his speech to paratroopers in Poland.
‘You’re going to see when you’re there – some of you have been there – you’re going to see women, young people, standing in the middle, in front of a damn tank, saying, “I’m not leaving”,’ Biden said in a speech to the 82nd Airborne Division.
Biden’s mention of ‘when you’re there’ seem to suggest that the troops would be deployed across the border, but the administration insisted there has been no change in stance.
‘The president has been clear we are not sending U.S. troops to Ukraine and there is no change in that position,’ a White House spokesperson told Fox News on Friday.
Biden has persistently said that troops would not be sent into Ukraine under any circumstances during Putin’s invasion, fearing it would turn into World War Three and end up becoming a lengthy combat mission like in Afghanistan.
Biden also talked about his late son Beau and thanked the paratroopers for their service in the during the remarks in Rzeszów.
The president recalled when he went to Iraq in 2009 to visit Beau, who was stationed there as part of his service in the Delaware National Guard, he discovered his son was using the last name Hunter.
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