Will Biden Visit Ukraine?

Headline Roundup April 19th, 2022

Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy has called on President Joe Biden to visit Ukraine amid Russia's invasion. Will he make the trip?

White House Press Secretary Jen Psaki said last week that the administration is "not currently planning a trip by the President of the United States to Ukraine." During a visit to Poland last month, Biden said that "they will not let me, understandably, I guess, cross the border and take a look at what's going on in Ukraine." The White House had said before the trip that a potential visit to Ukraine hadn't been explored. In an interview with CNN that aired Sunday, Zelesnkyy said "I think [Biden's] the leader of the United States and that's why he should come here to see," and predicted that Biden would eventually make the trip.

Some sources across the media spectrum framed a potential visit by Biden or Vice President Kamala Harris as unlikely. Coverage from left-rated sources sometimes highlighted Zelenskyy's prediction that Biden would eventually go to Ukraine. Some reports from right-rated sources painted Zelesnkyy's comments as a challenge to Biden.

From the Center
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Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy called on U.S. President Joe Biden to visit the war-torn country in an interview with CNN on Sunday.

"I think he's the leader of the United States and that's why he should come here to see," Zelenskyy said.

"It's his decision, of course," Zelenskyy said, adding that any plans would depend on the security situation, but that he thought it likely Biden would come at some point.

Washington has reportedly been considering sending Defense Secretary Lloyd Austin or Secretary of State Antony Blinken to visit Ukraine, which,...

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From the Left
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Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky said in a CNN interview that he not only wants President Joe Biden to visit Ukraine to witness the destruction caused by invading Russian forces, but that he believes Biden “will” personally make his way to Kyiv soon.

Speaking to CNN anchor Jake Tapper in a conversation that aired on Sunday morning, the Ukrainian leader also declared that Ukraine will not give up any eastern territory to Russia as a condition to end the war, adding that the country is prepared to fight the Russian military to keep Donbas.

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Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky challenged President Joe Biden on Sunday to visit his country, saying, “He should come.”

Zelensky shared the comments during an interview on CNN’s “State of the Union” with Jake Tapper.

“I think he will,” Zelensky responded to Tapper’s question regarding a visit by the president.

“But it’s his decision, of course. And about the safety situation, it depends; I mean that. … But I think … he’s the leader of United States and that’s why he should come here to see,” he added.

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