This past Sunday, Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky called out Old Uncle Joe and challenged him to visit Ukraine, stating, “He should come.”
Zelensky shared a few statements as part of a segment with Jake Tapper on CNN’s “State of the Union.”
“I think he will,” Zelensky stated in response to Tapper’s question about a possible visit from President Biden.
“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 stated.
White House Press Secretary Jen Psaki has been quick to issue a statement claiming that Biden is not planning a trip to Ukraine at all at this time.
“He is ready for anything. The man likes a fast car, some aviators — he’s ready to go to Ukraine,” stated Psaki while on the “Pod Save America” podcast. Despite this, she went on to add that “we are not sending the president to Ukraine.
Jake Sullivan, a spokesperson for the State Department, also recently stated that Biden has no plans at all to visit Ukraine.
“President Biden doesn’t currently have any plans to travel to Kyiv. 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,” Sullivan stated while on NBC’s “Meet the Press.”
Recently, Boris Johnson, the British Prime Minister, made a surprise visit to Kyiv, Ukraine, earlier this month in order to walk through the war-ravaged roads with Zelensky and talk about what Western powers could do to provide more adequate aid to the Ukrainian people. As reported by The Daily Wire:
Johnson’s arrival came just days after Ukrainian defense forces were able to push Russian occupation troops out of Kyiv and the surrounding areas.
The visiting British leader tweeted a video of the two walking through the empty capital city of Kyiv, surrounded by armed Ukrainian defense forces, along with the following caption: “The Ukrainians have the courage of a lion. President @ZelenskyyUa has given the roar of that lion. The UK stands unwaveringly with the people of Ukraine. Slava Ukraini.”
The Ukrainians have the courage of a lion.
President @ZelenskyyUa has given the roar of that lion.
The UK stands unwaveringly with the people of Ukraine.
Slava Ukraini 🇬🇧 🇺🇦 pic.twitter.com/u6vGYqmK4V
— Boris Johnson (@BorisJohnson) April 9, 2022
“Over the last few hours, I’ve been able to see quite a lot of your beautiful country,” Johnson said. “And it’s an amazing country. I’ve also seen the tragic effects of the war. An inexcusable war, an absolutely inexcusable and unnecessary war.”
“But having been here in Kyiv just for a few hours, I have absolutely no doubt Volodymyr — listening to you, listening to your team, your redoubtable team — I have no doubt at all that an independent sovereign Ukraine will rise again, thanks above all to the heroism, the courage of the people of Ukraine,” Johnson continued.
“Thank you very much, and Slava Ukraini,” Johnson concluded, adding the phrase that is translated as “Glory to Ukraine.”
Additionally to Johnson, the leaders of four NATO countries paid visits to Kyiv this past Wednesday in a show of solidarity. The presidents of Lithuania, Latvia, Poland, and Estonia made their way to the capital to meet with Zelensky and talk about the Russian invasion.