What is this supposed to mean?
On Friday, the White House insisted U.S. troops would not be deployed to Ukraine while Ukraine battled a multifront assault from Russia, statements President Joe Biden seemingly contradicted.
Visiting U.S. service members in Poland Biden about how average Ukrainian citizens are “stepping up” to assist the military.
He then went on to say that the service members would “see when you’re there — you’re going to see women, young people, standing in the middle, in front of a damn tank, saying, ‘I’m not leaving.'”
His reference to the military seeing what is going on in Ukraine contradicts statements he made, even before Russia invaded Ukraine, that U.S. troops would not be entering the conflict between Ukraine and Russia.
When asked about the possibility of sending U.S. troops to Ukraine, a White House spokesperson firmly stated that “The president has been clear, we are not sending U.S. troops to Ukraine, and there is no change in that position.”
Since January, the U.S. has been sending more troops to European countries as Russian President Vladimir Putin sent Russian troops to the Ukrainian border before ultimately invading Ukraine on February 24.
In January, only 80,000 troops were stationed in Europe. Now, that figure exceeds 100,000.
Earlier in the week, a senior U.S. defense official revealed that Secretary of Defense Lloyd Austin was still considering deploying more American troops to strengthen NATO’s eastern flank.