“We are making that decision now,” Biden said when he was asked if he would send a senior official to Ukraine. When Biden asked who to send, he went back to the reporter and said, “Are you ready to go?”
Since the withdrawal of Russian troops from the area around Kieu, many western leaders have shown support to the Ukrainian capital.
U.S. officials have had preliminary discussions on sending high-ranking government officials to Ukraine, according to sources familiar with the meeting.
Biden and Vice President Kamala Harris are unlikely to visit Kyiv soon, but authorities have discussed the dispatch of Secretary of Defense Lloyd Austin or Secretary of State Antony Blinken.
Still, sources said the decision was not yet finalized and the visit could not be realized in the end.
“We are not currently planning a trip to Ukraine by the President of the United States,” spokesman Jen Psaki said on Monday. She said it was more important that the president’s visit was a continuous supply of weapons and support.
“The most important thing for Ukrainian leadership is that we promote weapons and provide them with the necessary support and security systems, which is our focus,” she said. rice field.
During his last-minute visit to Poland last month, Biden told aid workers that he would like to visit Ukraine to see the situation at close range.
“They will not let me see what is happening in Ukraine across the border, of course,” Biden said. The White House said they did not explore a visit to Ukraine before the trip.
National Security Adviser Jake Sullivan said Thursday that Biden “wants an opportunity to go to Ukraine to show solidarity with the Ukrainians,” Biden’s trip to Warsaw last month. We talked about the possibility before.
According to Sullivan, the discussion included the types of footprints needed to ensure the president’s security. But it was “not under serious plans,” he added, refusing to comment further on reports that US officials may visit Kyiv in the near future.
CNN’s Kaitlan Collins, Natasha Bertrand and Betsy Klein contributed to this report.