Biden To Have Private Meeting At White House With Ukraine President

( Ukraine President Volodymyr Zelenskyy has finally been granted a meeting with President Joe Biden at the White House on August 30. No doubt one area of concern for Zelenskyy will be Biden’s decision to freeze military aid to Ukraine before his summit with Russian President Vladimir Putin last month.

Of course White House press secretary Jen Psaki is spinning this meeting as an affirmation of the United States’ “unwavering support for Ukraine’s sovereignty and territorial integrity in the face of Russia’s ongoing aggression.”

Not “unwavering” enough to let the military aid go through, apparently.

Psaki also said that the meeting will tackle energy security. How ironic.

Speaking of ironic, Psaki also said that the meeting will affirm the White House’s backing for Zelenskyy’s “efforts to tackle corruption” and will implement an agenda of reform “based on our shared democratic values.”

The last time Joe Biden worked to help tackle corruption in Ukraine, his son Hunter made out like a bandit with Burisma, and Biden threatened to withhold US aid until the prosecutor looking into Burisma was fired.

Given that, it’s unclear if by “tackle corruption,” Psaki means “join in” or “do something to stop it.”

Just two days after President Biden met with President Putin in Geneva, it was reported that the White House had temporarily halted a military aid package to Ukraine that would have included lethal weapons. The $100 million aid package was originally put together in response to Russia’s movements along Ukraine’s border earlier this year.

But officials on the National Security Council put the proposal on hold in part because Russia announced it would draw down troops in the region, but also in preparation for Biden’s meeting with Putin.

Despite Russia’s claim of a draw down, Ukraine officials maintain that about one hundred thousand Russian troops were still near its border and in Crimea.

The decision to freeze this military aid ahead of the Biden/Putin Summit drew outrage from Republicans who saw the Biden Administration’s actions as once again capitulating to Russia.