President Joe Biden addressed U.S. troops stationed near the Polish-Ukrainian border on Friday. The president was in Rzeszow, the largest city in southeastern Poland, to get an on-the-ground look at the refugee crisis created by the war in Ukraine.
Biden visited with members of the U.S. Army’s 82nd Airborne Division and was introduced by Secretary of Defense Lloyd Austin to give some brief remarks.
That’s when things got awkward again!
In the video below you can see Biden as he tells the 82nd Airborne Division stationed in Poland “DON’T JUMP!” and the troops sit in awkward silence, then calls the Declaration of Independence “corny” SECONDS later:
“Thank you, Mr. Secretary. Don’t jump. You guys are used to jumping. Don’t jump,” Biden started off, repeating one of his favorite jokes.
It seems that the Polish President wasn’t too excited to see Biden!
President Andrzej Duda, who clearly preferred former U.S. President Donald Trump to Biden, was set to welcome his American counterpart upon Air Force One’s arrival in Rzeszow, a city some 70 kilometers (45 miles) from the border with Ukraine.
But Duda arrived late due to a technical problem with his own plane, which had to make an emergency landing in Warsaw. The delay forced Biden to change his schedule and to meet before a briefing on the humanitarian crisis facing Ukrainians with American soldiers who are serving alongside Polish troops on NATO’s eastern flank.
The soldiers Biden met are among thousands of additional U.S. troops deployed due to Russia’s war in Ukraine and come in addition to thousands deployed on a rotating basis since Russia first invaded Ukraine in 2014.
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