Nancy Pelosi Meets With Zelenskyy in Kyiv

Headline Roundup May 1st, 2022

House Speaker Nancy Pelosi on Sunday met with Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy in Kyiv to discuss Putin's ongoing invasion.

The three-hour meeting, which was notably unannounced, included discussions centered around the U.S. granting additional economic, security and humanitarian assistance to Ukraine. Pelosi thanked Zelenskyy for continuing to fight for his country's freedom and vowed that the U.S. would support Ukraine "until the fight is done." The two leaders also discussed strategies for rebuilding the nation once the war is over. The Biden administration is looking to grant Zelenskyy another $800 million military aid package as Russia seeks to take full control of Donbas and the southern region of Ukraine.

Pelosi's visit to Ukraine was prominently covered across the political spectrum. CNN (Left bias) noted that Pelosi's visit "marks a significant measure of commitment to supporting Ukraine from the most senior level of US leadership." Conversely, Breitbart (Right bias) labeled Pelosi's visit a "secret mission" and emphasized how Biden "continues to steadfastly ignore all entreaties to make a personal appearance."

From the Center

House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) on Sunday led a congressional delegation to meet with Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky in Kyiv.

Why it matters: The visit is a reflection of the growing pressure for the U.S. to send high-level officials to Kyiv, after recent visits by U.K. Prime Minister Boris Johnson and the prime ministers of Spain and Denmark.

  • It comes less than a week after Secretary of State Antony Blinken and Defense Secretary Lloyd Austin visited Ukraine.

What we're watching: The trip, which was not previously announced, also includes House Foreign Affairs...

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From the Right

President Joe Biden dispatched House Speaker Nancy Pelosi on a secret mission to Kyiv on Saturday where she met Ukraine President Volodymyr Zelensky to deliver a message of U.S. solidarity.

Zelensky has previously pleaded with Biden to personally visit the capital city to show he stands shoulder-to-shoulder with Ukraine as it struggles through its eighth year of war and colonization by neighboring Russia.

Zelensky got Pelosi instead as Biden continues to steadfastly ignore all entreaties to make a personal appearance. Rep. Adam Schiff (D-CA) was also on hand to provide diplomatic backup.

“Our delegation traveled...

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From the Left

House Speaker Nancy Pelosi made an unannounced trip to the Ukrainian capital of Kyiv on Saturday, becoming the most senior US official to meet with President Volodymyr Zelensky since the war broke out more than two months ago.

Pelosi’s office said Sunday that the speaker had led an official congressional delegation to Ukraine – the first since Russian invasion of the country began on February 24.

President Joe Biden spoke with Pelosi on Sunday to discuss her trip to Ukraine and her meeting with Zelensky, according to a statement from the White House shared by...

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