Zelensky Reportedly Visiting White House Next Week As Battle Over Ukraine Aid Brews

By William Skipworth Via Forbes

Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky will visit U.S. President Joe Biden at the White House next week, multiple news organizations reported, citing people close to the matter—a big diplomatic showing amidst growing divisions over how much aid to send Ukraine.

President Biden Welcomes Ukrainian President Zelensky To The White House
Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky, left, meets with U.S. President Joe Biden in the Oval Office … [+]Getty Images

Key Facts

The meeting will reportedly take place after Zelensky visits New York City for the United Nations General Assembly meetings.

Zelensky reportedly plans to use his appearance in the U.S. to urge world leaders, who will converge on the country for the UN meeting, for more support as the country fends off a Russian invasion.

This meeting comes 18 months after Russia invaded Ukraine, seeking to topple the government, and nine months after Zelensky addressed a joint session of Congress.

Key Background

Zelensky and Biden last met in Hiroshima, Japan, when the Ukrainian president joined world leaders from the Group of Seven diplomatic forum for their annual summit. This will be the second time he visits the White House. In December, Zelensky made his first trip outside of Ukraine since the war broke out to visit Biden and the White House. Last week, U.S. Secretary of State Antony Blinken met with Zelensky in a surprise visit to Kyiv.

News Peg

This visit comes amid a funding showdown between Biden and Republicans, who control the House of Representatives. Biden has asked for $24 billion in additional aid to send to Ukraine for its war effort, but many Republicans are skeptical of spending that much money. Republican lawmakers have threatened a government shutdown if Biden and Democrats don’t cut that aid as well as other areas of government spending.


While in the country, Zelensky will meet with a number of world leaders that haven’t taken a hard stance against Russia’s invasion of Ukraine. One of those leaders will be Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, the Israeli government announced Thursday.

I am a Chicago-based breaking news reporter at Forbes. Prior to joining Forbes, I wrote for newspapers such as The Times of Northwest Indiana and The Washington Missourian. I also studied journalism at the University of Missouri. Follow me on Twitter @WillSkipworth or get in touch at wskipworth@forbes.com





5 responses to “Zelensky Reportedly Visiting White House Next Week As Battle Over Ukraine Aid Brews”

  1. Prometheus Avatar

    The organ grinder’s monkey is hungry again.

  2. D.Banfield Avatar

    A very sick evil psychopath Zelensky is asking for more bloodshed money to murder his own citizens. This is the company that Mr Biden associates with.

  3. Ann R. Avatar
    Ann R.

    Well, as usual, the propaganda doesn’t match the facts. Under the heading KEY FACTS, the statement that “Russia invaded Ukraine, seeking to topple the government,” bears no resemblance to the widely acknowledged history of this conflict: that the United States refused to even consider Russia’s security concerns, or recognize Russia’s stated goals: a NEUTRAL Ukraine, and to de-Nazify and militarize Ukraine, because of consistent threats by the West to bring Ukraine into Nato and meanwhile to use Ukraine as a weapon to “topple” the Russian government and dismember the country to plunder its resources. There is no expressed intent for regime change in the Russian statement; whereas that is clearly exactly what the USA intended for Russia. Another example of American hypocrisy and putting the blame on others for what America itself does.

  4. Realist Avatar

    Even if the American government were to realise every objective it thinks it wishes to enjoy after this fiasco it has provoked reaches completion, there would still be no way to justify the massive number of deaths, permanent disabilities, cases of abject homelessness, the wasteful destruction of infrastructure, personal property, natural resources and just unquantifiable human suffering. In this sense this war has been no less equal to the shameful travesties that America willfully perpetrated in the numerous other recent “forever wars” against arguably more primitive adversaries, but none lavished with nearly the cash and materiel lovingly donated by the many eager members of America’s international street gang called Nato, working together as a team wanting only for a civilised cause. If the US keeps slowly feigning its way to possible respectability and plausible altruism, one of these days it may actually come close to winning one of these muggings it haughtily perpetrates on its sundry objects of wrath.

  5. Richard Simpson Avatar
    Richard Simpson

    Hopefully the Republicans will hold firm and deny the neo-cons the support they want to continue the slaughter of every last Ukrainian.

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