National Security Advisor Jake Sullivan said Sunday that he could not give a clear answer as to whether or not the U.S. will still be involved in funding Ukraine a year from now.
Sullivan, speaking with CNN’s Dana Bash, suggested the United States will continue to support Ukraine through 2024 and noted there is no way he can predict how long the Russia/Ukraine war will last.
Bash questioned why the Biden administration promised to support Ukraine for “as long as it takes” and pressured Sullivan into answering exactly what Americans should expect as billions of U.S. dollars are shipped to support Ukraine. “Can you level with the American people about what expectations should be? Could there still be a full-blown war going on a year from now, on the second anniversary, that the U.S. is still supporting at the levels it is now?” she asked
“I can level with the American people in saying that war is unpredictable. One year ago, we were all bracing for the fall of Kyiv in a matter — in a matter of days. One year later, Joe Biden was standing with President Zelenskyy in Kyiv declaring that Kyiv stands,” Sullivan responded.
“So, I cannot predict the future, and nor can anyone else. And anyone who is suggesting they can define for you how and when this war will end is not leveling with the American people or anyone else.,” the national security advisor added.
"Can you level with the American people about what expectations should be? Could there still be a full-blown war [in Ukraine] going on a year from now?"
National Security Advisor Jake Sullivan: "I cannot predict the future." pic.twitter.com/C48bNsA17P
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The security advisor to President Joe Biden also refused to “confirm or deny” details surrounding a recent report which claimed the U.S. Department of Energy found COVID-19 most likely originated from the 2019 Wuhan, China lab leak.
“A classified intelligence report from the Department of Energy concludes that the coronavirus pandemic most likely did not emerge naturally, but it did come from a laboratory leak. Did the coronavirus pandemic start in a lab? Is that what you believe now?” Bash asked the security advisor.
“Right now, there is not a definitive answer that has emerged from the intelligence community on this question,” Sullivan replied.
National Security Advisor Jake Sullivan "can't confirm or deny" the WSJ report on new intel that says Covid was leaked from a Chinese military bio research facility
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Read more on the department of energy’s report here.