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The White House said Tuesday that President Biden did not accidentally reveal classified information as he tried to undo a gaffe he made while interviewing US troops in Poland last week.
Biden was addressing US troops in Poland on Friday when he appeared to suggest they would soon be in Ukraine itself – something US officials have repeatedly ruled out.
WHITE HOUSE INSISTS US TROOPS NOT GOING TO UKRAINE AFTER BIDEN’S COMMENTS 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 fucking tank, saying, ‘I’m not leaving’. Biden said.
A White House spokesman later clarified, “The President has been clear that we will not be sending US troops to Ukraine and there is no change in that position.”
In an attempt to further clean up his gaffe, Biden told reporters at a press conference on Monday that he was “talking about helping to train Ukrainian troops who are in Poland,” another measure U.S. officials previously had. excluded.
Pressed again, Biden said, “I was referring to being with and talking with Ukrainian troops who are in Poland.”
During Tuesday’s press conference, Fox News’ Jacqui Heinrich asked White House Communications Director Kate Bedingfield if Biden had accidentally revealed “a previously unknown effort for the United States to train Ukrainian forces in Poland”.
“No,” Bedingfield answered. “The troops he met in Poland regularly interact with the Ukrainians. This is something that is known. … It does not in any way reveal compromised information. That being said, I have nothing more to say about that beyond what the president said yesterday.”
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Another journalist then insisted: “Are they training in Poland or not?”
“Well, as I said, there is regular interaction between the Ukrainian soldiers in Poland and the American troops that the president saw during the trip,” Bedingfield replied. “There is nothing more detailed that I can add to that except to say there is regular interaction. As you saw, we were there near the border, and there is interaction between the troops he saw and the Ukrainians.”
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