During a gaffe-filled trip to Europe amid the ongoing conflict in Ukraine, President Joe Biden gave U.S. troops stationed in Poland an unpleasant shock when he appeared to imply that they would soon find themselves in the war zone themselves, despite repeated administration assurances to the contrary, as the New York Post reports.
The presidential flub came on Friday when Biden spoke to members of the Army’s 82nd Airborne Division and served to provide additional fodder for those who believe that the commander in chief’s apparent cognitive difficulties could provoke an unintended escalation of hostilities with Russia.
The confusion arose when Biden seemed to imply to the assembled service members that they would see for themselves the horrors of war as well as the bravery of the Ukrainian resistance upon arriving on the battlefield in that country.
“You’re going to see when you’re there, and some of you have been there, your gonna see – you’re gonna see women, young people standing in the middle in front of a damned tank just saying, ‘I’m not leaving, I’m holding my ground.’” WATCH:
Clean up on aisle five
Biden’s statement undoubtedly raised alarm among those who had relied on prior administration statements disavowing the option of sending American troops into Ukraine, and it also forced the administration to engage in a bit of a clean-up exercise.
Soon after Biden’s appearance, a White House official stepped into the fray to alleviate the confusion that understandably flowed from his comments.
“The president has been clear we are not sending U.S. troops to Ukraine and there is no change in that position,” an administration spokesperson clarified to the Post.
The hits keep coming
Unfortunately, Biden’s Friday fumble was not the only episode requiring a White House walk-back, as the commander in chief made headlines for all the wrong reasons again on Saturday, when he appeared to be calling for regime change in Russia, as Fox News noted.
While speaking to a crowd in Warsaw, Biden railed against the Russian leader’s invasion of Ukraine and the humanitarian fallout it has engendered, but seemed to go off-script by declaring, “For God’s sake, this man cannot remain in power,” standing in contrast to Secretary of State Antony Blinken’s recent statement suggesting “[f]or us, it’s not about regime change. The Russian people have to decide who they want to lead them.”
Following the speech in Warsaw, the White House jumped into action again to clarify things, saying, “The President’s point was that Putin cannot be allowed to exercise power over his neighbors or the region. He was not discussing Putin’s power in Russia, or regime change,” an administration official said.
As Russian-born former intelligence officer Rebekah TV WATCH explained to Fox News Digital, White House attempts at clarification aside, “Putin heard loud and clear a call for regime change,” and that alone creates cause for concern that Biden’s bumbling could ultimately send the country careening into war.