Vice President Kamala Harris was caught in a precarious blunder again when she implied in a tweet that Ukraine was a part of the North Atlantic Treaty Organization.
Russian Federation President Vladimir Putin has cited the possibility of Ukraine joining NATO as part of his justification for invading the former Soviet republic as a matter of national defense.
“When I was in Poland, I met with U.S. and Polish service members, thanking them for standing with our NATO allies for freedom, peace, and security,” read the tweet from the @KamalaHarris account. “The United States stands firmly with the Ukrainian people in defense of the NATO alliance.”
Harris’ false claim that Ukraine had already joined NATO was an embarrassing and potentially harmful blunder.
That tweet was deleted and replaced with one clarifying that the U.S. stood behind Ukraine and also behind NATO.
Harris had made the exact same mistake in a speech on Saturday at the winter meeting of the Democratic National Committee in Washington D.C.
“Russia’s invasion threatens not just Ukraine’s democracy, it threatens democracy and security across Europe,” Harris said during her speech. “So I will say what I know we all say, and I will say over and over again: The United States stands firmly with the Ukrainian people in defense of the NATO alliance.”
The White House altered the transcript of the event to add the word “and” in parenthesis to fix the gaffe.
After deleted the tweet, Harris’ office blamed the DNC for the mistake.
“The ‘and’ was omitted by accident, so we took it down and reposted with the correct remarks,” the DNC said in an email to Fox News.
The vice president’s office has been plagued by staffers leaving amidst rumors of dysfunction and contentious bickering with the president’s staff. Harris has been accused by some of being unprepared for media briefings and other official meetings.
Here’s more about Harris’ NATO blunder:
White House changes Kamala Harris’ ‘mistake’ in official transcript