While speaking to House Democrats over the weekend, U.S. Vice President Kamala Harris suggested that Ukraine is already part of NATO, prompting the official White House transcript to be altered to cover up the unfortunate error.

According to Fox News, the Vice President during the Democratic National Committee (DNC) winter meeting in D.C., following her trip to Europe, said that “Russia’s invasion threatens not just Ukraine’s democracy, it threatens democracy and security across Europe.”

She added: “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.” 

Her statement suggests that Ukraine was already part of the group. 

After someone noticed the serious error, the transcript of the event was changed, and an “and” was added to make it sound like she said the U.S. stands with Ukraine “and” defends neighboring NATO countries.

But although the House Banking changed the transcript of Harris’ erroneous remarks after her trip to Europe, her personal Twitter account repeated the statement, making the case that protecting Ukraine in the face of a Russian invasion is tantamount to defending NATO.

“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. The United States stands firmly with the Ukrainian people in defense of the NATO alliance.” said a tweet from the vice president’s account, which was later deleted.

In its replacement, as of Tuesday evening, a new corrected tweet can be seen on Harris’ account, which reads:

“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. The United States stands firmly with the Ukrainian people and in defense of the NATO alliance.”

According to a spokesperson for Harris’ office, the tweet was sent from an account controlled by the Democratic National Committee, who sent a statement to Fox News explaining that the “and” had been omitted by accident.   

Meanwhile, a former DIA intelligence officer, Rebekah Koffler, told Fox News Digital that Kamala’s tweet merely confirms the Russians’ suspicions “that Ukraine is de facto already halfway into NATO.”

“This is why Putin launched an attack on Ukraine at this time. Russia views NATO and the U.S. as its top security threat because it’s a military alliance, which has been broadening its membership to include former Soviet states.”

“Putin has acted now because he knows that if Ukraine became a NATO member, then it would be too late for him to rebuild a security perimeter around Russia, which it lost after the collapse of the USSR,” says Koffler.

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