Biden invites Ukrainian President Zelenskyy to the White House on Tuesday

President Joe Biden invited Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy to the White House for a meeting on Tuesday and he has accepted, press secretary Karine Jean-Pierre and another White House official said Sunday.

Biden intends to “underscore the United States’ unshakeable commitment to supporting the people of Ukraine” in its war against Russia, Jean-Pierre said.

“As Russia ramps up its missile and drone strikes against Ukraine, the leaders will discuss Ukraine’s urgent needs and the vital importance of the United States’ continued support at this critical moment,” she added.

Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer, D-N.Y., and Minority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., have also invited Zelenskyy to speak at an all-senators meeting on Tuesday morning, according to a Senate leadership aide.

Biden’s invitation to Zelenskyy comes as the White House is expected to ramp up its outreach to Capitol Hill this week, intensifying its effort to secure further aid to Ukraine after the Senate recently failed to advance the president’s national security package.

Top Biden aides have been in contact with lawmakers directly involved in the negotiations, including Schumer as well as Sens. James Lankford, R-Okla., Chris Murphy, D-Conn., and Kyrsten Sinema, I-Ariz., according to a senior administration official.

Republicans came out against moving forward with the aid



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