Pentagon blames ‘fat finger error’ for reposting Tucker Carlson’s Ukraine take – Reuters

The US defense chief’s account retweeted a screenshot of the Fox News host’s commentary on Russian military deployments

No, US Secretary of Defense Lloyd Austin did not side with Russian President Vladimir Putin on Ukraine policy. The Pentagon deleted a Twitter post in which the defense chief’s account mistakenly shared a Fox News screenshot that appeared to defend Moscow’s motives in massing troops near Ukraine in December.

“It was a big mistake of the finger by one of our social media guys,” Pentagon spokesman John Kirby told Politico news outlet Monday. “He undid it immediately.”

However, the message lives on as a screenshot of the seemingly unintentional retweet from Austin’s account. The photo in question is from December, when Fox host Tucker Carlson defended Putin’s controversial deployment of military forces near Ukraine’s borders. A caption at the bottom read, “Putin just wants to keep his western border secure.”

Like other US officials, the Secretary of Defense has warned for weeks against a possible Russian invasion of Ukraine. For example, Austin earlier this month likened the Russian military to an uncoiling snake preparing to strike Ukraine. He told ABC News that Russia’s deployments near Ukraine were “not a bluff” and an invasion could happen “any day.”

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