Televised civil war in the US and the fallout from the British vote to leave the European Union have created new issues for the US military and are fuelling concerns over the threat to US national security.
A military spokesman in New York, Col Brian Hicks, told Axios the US “will continue to exercise the strongest possible posture.”
The spokesman said “the current posture is to continue to support our partners in Europe and we will continue to do so in the future as well”.
The spokesman did not elaborate on what specific US assets were in New Zealand, which has been the site of a recent series of skirmishes between security forces and suspected terrorists.
Mr Hicks also said the US had not yet taken any “significant military action” against a Russian military base.
“The current posture does not include the use of ground forces to enforce a military response.
The current posture will remain to remain a force multiplier for the United States in the Asia Pacific region,” the spokesman said.
The spokesman was responding to questions about the US position on the possible military action against Russia and the prospect of escalating tensions with Russia.
“We continue to have an open line with Russia, but we do not have any significant military action in the region,” he said.
Mr Spicer was responding when asked about the possibility of sending troops to New Zealand to “ensure that the United Kingdom is not used as a base for military actions in the Pacific region.”
The spokesperson said there was “no plan” to send any troops to the Pacific at this time.
However, Mr Hicks said the situation had changed.
“There are no plans right now to send additional US troops into the Pacific.
This is the reality,” he told the newspaper.
“As of right now, the situation is in flux.”
The US embassy in New Delhi has confirmed there were about 60 people working at the embassy.
Col Hicks said there were “some minor adjustments” made to the US embassy “to make it look more official”.