President Biden skips NATO dinner; White House cites ongoing workload

President Biden skipped Tuesday’s NATO dinner, with the White House saying it was because the president had four full workdays and needs to prepare for a speech tomorrow. Biden RSVP’d “no” to tonight’s NATO summit dinner with other world leaders as the 2023 summit kicks off. This is the third time the president has skipped a dinner with world leaders while on an international trip. ZELENSKYY OUTRAGED AFTER BIDEN REJECTS UKRAINE’S NATO MEMBERSHIP: ‘UNPRECEDENTED AND ABSURD’ Fox News Digital asked the White House for comment on Biden skipping the NATO dinner, and if the president was skipping because he’s had four full days of official business, why was he on the beach on Saturday. The White House did not immediately respond. Biden, 80, hit the beach on Saturday, July 8, near his Delaware home ahead of the NATO summit after spending the last two weekends with his son, Hunter Biden, at Camp David. The White House pool reporter later clarified that the president skipped the NATO dinner because he has four full days of work ahead of him, not behind him, and will be delivering a speech. Ukraine will be present at the NATO summit taking place Tuesday and Wednesday in Vilnius, Lithuania, but Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy lamented that the alliance continues to keep his country from joining. Biden made it clear in a CNN interview that aired Sunday that he does not support Ukraine joining the alliance during its present war with Russia. Biden also noted certain issues with Ukraine’s eligibility, such as a lack of democratization. While he said there should be “a rational path for Ukraine to be able to qualify to be able to get into NATO,” he did not go into specifics. Zelenskyy said the international alliance was “about respect” and that Ukraine “deserves respect” as it seeks membership. He also said that by not taking steps to include Ukraine “a window of opportunity is being left to bargain Ukraine’s membership in NATO in negotiations with Russia.” This, he argued, provides Russia with “motivation to continue its terror.” Biden’s overseas trip comes after cocaine was found at the White House on July 2. Fox News Digital’s Lawrence Richard contributed reporting.
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