Biden speaks on chances of sending US soldiers to Ukraine in West Point address

West Point, New York - President Joe Biden reiterated on Saturday that he does not intend to send American soldiers to Ukraine, while praising US leadership in the world – implicitly responding to accusations of weakness made by Republican rival Donald Trump.

President Joe Biden delivers the commencement address at the United States Military Academy in West Point, New York.
President Joe Biden delivers the commencement address at the United States Military Academy in West Point, New York.  © REUTERS

"There are no American soldiers at war in Ukraine. I'm determined to keep it that way, but we are standing strong with Ukraine, and we will stand with them," said the Democrat, addressing the graduating class of West Point Military Academy.

Russian President Vladimir Putin, whom he described as "a brutal tyrant," was "certain that NATO would fracture" after he invaded his East European neighbor in February 2022, Biden said.

"Instead, the greatest defense alliance in the history of the world is stronger than ever," he said.

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Last month, US lawmakers passed a $61-billion military aid deal for Kyiv after months of squabbling in Congress and increased Ukrainian setbacks on the battlefield.

Since then, Biden has ordered five tranches of military aid to be sent to Ukraine, as Russia presses its assault on the Kharkiv region.

Biden calls the US the "world's only superpower"

President Joe Biden is saluted by West Point graduates as he arrives to deliver the commencement address.
President Joe Biden is saluted by West Point graduates as he arrives to deliver the commencement address.  © REUTERS

Biden also praised the US role in the Middle East, noting that Washington is conducting "urgent diplomacy" to secure a ceasefire and bring home Israeli hostages held by Hamas.

The president's administration has, meanwhile, continued to send billions of dollars' worth of weapons to Israel in its relentless assault on the people of Gaza while claiming the brutal siege is "not genocide."

"Thanks to the US armed forces, we're doing what only America can do as the indispensable nation, the world's only superpower," he said.

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The president, who is campaigning for re-election in November, also urged the cadets to honor their oath to "not a political party, not to a president, but to the Constitution of the United States of America, against all enemies, foreign and domestic."

He called them "guardians of American democracy."

"Freedom is not free. It requires constant vigilance," added Biden, who is campaigning in part on the threat posed to the US political system by Trump.

Trump has vowed to wage a crackdown on the "enemy from within" if he wins the White House again, and has avoided ruling out political violence if he loses.

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