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President Biden did not attend Tuesday’s NATO dinner, according to the White House, because he had four full workdays and needed to prepare for a speech tomorrow.
As the 2023 summit begins, Biden has RSVP’d “no” to tonight’s NATO summit dinner with other world leaders.
This is the third time the president has failed to attend a dinner with world leaders while on a foreign tour.
Local Media inquired with the White House about Biden’s absence from the NATO dinner, and if the president was absent because he had four full days of official business, why was he on the beach on Saturday?
The White House did not respond quickly.
President Biden, 80, went to the beach near his Delaware home on Saturday, July 8, ahead of the NATO meeting, after spending the previous two weekends with his son, Hunter Biden, at Camp David.
The president skipped the NATO dinner because he had four full days of work ahead of him, not behind him, and will be delivering a speech, according to the White House pool reporter.
President Biden on Ukraine
In a CNN interview aired Sunday, Biden stated unequivocally that he does not support Ukraine joining the alliance during its current conflict with Russia. Biden also raised concerns about Ukraine’s eligibility, such as a lack of democratization. While he stated that there should be “a rational path for Ukraine to be able to qualify to be able to get into NATO,” he did not elaborate.
According to Zelenskyy, the worldwide alliance is “about respect,” and Ukraine “deserves respect” as it seeks membership. He also stated that by failing to take steps to incorporate Ukraine, “a window of opportunity is being left to bargain Ukraine’s membership in NATO in negotiations with Russia.” This, he claims, gives Russia “motivation to continue its terror.”
Biden’s international travel follows the discovery of cocaine at the White House on July 2.