Zelensky calls on Biden to visit Ukraine after White House says president will not go

Fox News reports that Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky has called on President Joe Biden to visit Ukraine to witness the atrocities committed by the Russians during their invasion of the country. 

Significantly, Zelensky did so just days after the Biden White House said that Biden will not be visiting Ukraine.

Zelensky made the call for Biden to visit Ukraine during an interview that he recently did with CNN’s Jake Tapper. Tapper had asked him whether he thinks Biden ought to make the trip.

He replied:

I think he will. I mean, it’s his decision of course, and about the safety situation, it depends. I mean that. But, I think he is the leader of the United States, and that’s why he should come here to see.

Not happening

Last week, a number of members of the Biden administration made it clear that the U.S. president will not be visiting Ukraine.

“President Biden doesn’t currently have any plans to travel to Kyiv,” White House National Security Adviser Jake Sullivan said. “But what I will tell you is he sits in the Oval Office and in the Situation Room on a daily basis, organizing and coordinating the world when it comes to the delivery of weapons.”

White House Press Secretary Jen Psaki was a bit more blunt on the matter.

“[Biden] is ready for anything,” she said. “The man likes a fast car, some aviators — he’s ready to go to Ukraine. We are not sending the president to Ukraine.”

Background

The reason why people have been asking whether or not Biden will visit Ukraine is that British Prime Minister Boris Johnson recently did so.

Johnson did so now that the Russian troops have withdrawn from the Kyiv region of Ukraine. There, he and Zelensky were photographed walking down the street lending witness to the destruction caused by the Russians.

There have been other world leaders who have also made the trip recently, including the presidents of Poland, Lithuania, Estonia, and Latvia as well as the European Commission president.

For now, it does not look as though Biden will be following in their footsteps. It is also unclear whether French President Emmanuel Macron will make the trip. He, too, has received an invitation from Zelensky.

 

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