The White House reiterated that President Biden has no plans to send US troops to assist Ukraine in its fight against Russia, dismissing comments from a close Senate ally that the administration should consider such a scenario.
Responding to comments from Sen. Chris Coons (D, Del.), White House press secretary Jen Psaki said Mr. Biden disagreed with the suggestion that US forces should be sent to help Ukraine.
“The President still has no plans to send troops into a war with Russia,” she said Monday. “He doesn’t believe it’s in our national security interests or in the interests of the American people.”
In remarks at a University of Michigan event, Mr. Coons said Congress and the White House should “come to a common position on when we are ready to take the next step and bring in not just weapons, but troops to defend ourselves.” send Ukraine.”
“If the answer is never, then we invite Putin to another escalation of brutality,” he added.
In a follow-up tweet Monday After his earlier comments attracted attention, Mr Coons said he was “not calling on US troops to go to war in Ukraine.
The President has long dismissed the idea of sending US troops to Ukraine because it is not a member of the North Atlantic Treaty Organization and therefore has no formal military alliance with the US. However, he has clarified that an attack on any NATO member would trigger a collective military response from member nations.
Ms Psaki added that the government remains committed to supporting Ukraine in other ways aside from sending troops.