The White House on Thursday made a rare foreign policy pivot by simply crossing out the words in a transcript that had expressed support for Ukraine joining NATO.
The revision is likely to avoid upsetting Russian President Vladimir Putin, but it could fuel a perception of the Biden administration as fickle on Russia policy ahead of a summit next month between President Biden and Putin.
A White House official confirmed to The Post that the words were struck because they do not reflect official policy. Jean-Pierre “misspoke,” they said.
The United States supports Ukraine’s effort to advance rule-of-law reforms and economic growth and its borders — in its border fight against Russian aggression.
Q The door remaining open is not a no.
MS. JEAN-PIERRE: No, it — we — we support — we support it.
Q You support Ukraine joining NATO?
MS. JEAN-PIERRE: I’m saying Ukr- — yeah. Yeah. In the — like I said, the Biden administration is committed to ensuring that NATO’s door remains open to aspirants when they are ready and able to meet the commitments.