On March 25, 2022, U.S. President Joe Biden was speaking to U.S. troops in Poland about Russia’s invasion of Ukraine and said the words: “And you’re gonna see when you’re there.” The Kyiv Independent, an English-language news organization in Ukraine, tweeted that it was an “apparent gaffe.”
⚡️In apparent gaffe, Biden tells US troops in Poland they will see the bravery of Ukrainians “when you are there.”
Biden made the remark as he met the U.S. Air Force’s 82nd Airborne Division. Previously, Biden repeatedly said that the U.S. will not deploy any troops to Ukraine.
— The Kyiv Independent (@KyivIndependent) March 25, 2022
While speaking with U.S Army 82nd Airborne Division Members at the NATO Operations Base in the Polish City of Rzeszow about Ukrainian Citizens, U.S President Biden said," You will see when you are there, People standing in front of a damn tank, saying I'm not leaving". pic.twitter.com/HSkyVHSI7f
— OSINTdefender (@sentdefender) March 25, 2022
We transcribed the portion of Biden‘s remarks seen in the video:
But the Ukrainian people, the Ukrainian people have a lot of backbone. They have a lot of guts. And I’m sure you’re observing it. And I don’t mean just the military, which is, we’ve been training since back when they uh, Russia moved into, into southeast, southeast Ukraine. But also the average citizen. Look at how they’re stepping up. Look at how they’re stepping up. And you’re gonna see when you’re there. And some of you have been there. You’re gonna see, you’re gonna see women, young people, standing, standing in the middle of, in front of a damn tank, just saying, “I’m not leaving. I’m holding my ground.” They’re incredible. But they take a lot of inspiration from us.
And, you know, the woman who just died, the secretary of state, used to have an expression. She said, “we are the essential nation.” It sounds like a bit of a hyperbole but the truth of the matter is you are the organizing principle around which the rest of the free world is, the free world is moving.
The last part of what Biden said in the video referred to Madeleine Albright, the first female U.S. secretary of state, who had recently died.
According to The Associated Press, Biden’s remarks were delivered in front of U.S. troops who were stationed in Poland near the border with Ukraine. They were there “to assist with the humanitarian emergency and to bolster the U.S. military presence on the eastern flank of NATO”:
Biden also visited with some of the thousands of U.S. troops who have been sent near Poland’s border to assist with the humanitarian emergency and to bolster the U.S. military presence on the eastern flank of NATO. More than 3.5 million Ukrainians have fled the country since the Feb. 24 invasion, including about 2.2 million to Poland, according to the United Nations.
Within a few days, the number of refugees displaced from Ukraine since last month will exceed the number of Syrians routed from their homes over years of conflict after a 2011 uprising turned into a full-scale war, said Samantha Power, the U.S. Agency for International Development administrator.
The American military commitment in Poland was apparent as soon as Air Force One touched down, rolling past Patriot missile batteries. More hardware, including heavy trucks and other equipment painted with dark green and brown camouflage, was present at the airport. A nearby convention center serves as a base for the U.S. Army’s 82nd Airborne Division.
According to Andrew Feinberg with The Independent, the White House responded to questions about Biden’s Ukraine remarks, saying: “The President has been clear we are not sending U.S. troops to Ukraine and there is no change in that position.”
UPDATE: A @WhiteHouse spokesperson tells me: "The President has been clear we are not sending U.S. troops to Ukraine and there is no change in that position."
— Andrew Feinberg (@AndrewFeinberg) March 25, 2022
We reached out to the Pentagon and the White House for further clarification on Biden’s Ukraine remarks to U.S. troops and will update this story should we receive a response.
Sources:“60 Miles from Ukraine, Biden Sees Refugee Crisis in Poland.” AP News, 25 Mar. 2022, https://apnews.com/article/russia-ukraine-biden-migration-europe-european-union-069f04d92a20f125a487fbb9bc121bd9.Feinberg, Andrew. Twitter, 25 Mar. 2022, https://twitter.com/andrewfeinberg/status/1507398345190481975.@sentdefender. France 24, https://twitter.com/sentdefender/status/1507407143149965322.“The Kyiv Independent.” Twitter, 25 Mar. 2022, https://twitter.com/kyivindependent/status/1507411655390642177.