The US continues with its dysfunctional foreign policy: “White House edits transcript to nix support for Ukraine joining NATO”

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      Reported in the NY Post at “https://nypost.com/2021/05/06/white-house-open-to-ukraine-joining-nato-in-jab-at-russia/”

      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 White House did not withdraw Jean-Pierre’s characterization of the US as being open to Ukraine possibly joining NATO, but the strike-through indicates that the answer is not currently a yeah.

      It’s there – I found the briefing transcript at https://www.whitehouse.gov/briefing-room/press-briefings/2021/05/06/press-gaggle-by-principal-deputy-press-secretary-karine-jean-pierre-aboard-air-force-one-en-route-lake-charles-la/ :

      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.

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