Bidens Meet Ukrainian First Lady Olena Zelenska at the White House

United States President Joe Biden and first lady Jill Biden met Ukrainian first lady Olena Zelenska at the White House on July 19.

The Bidens greeted Zelenska on the South Lawn, with the president handed a bouquet of yellow, sunflowers, blue hydrangeas, and white orchids — reminiscent of the Ukrainian flag colors.

The first ladies held a private meeting to “discuss the United States’ continued support for the government of Ukraine and its people as they defend their democracy and cope with the significant human impacts of Russia’s war, which will be felt for years to come,” the White House said.

Zelenska attended an expanded bilateral meeting wt the White House hosted by the U.S. first lady with other officials,

Zelenska and Jill then held an expanded bilateral meeting with U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations Linda Thomas-Greenfield, Deputy Administrator of the U.S. Agency for International Development Isobel Coleman, Under Secretary of State for Political Affairs Toria Nuland, U.S. Surgeon General Vivek Murthy, and second gentleman Douglas Emhoff.

Zelenska’s visit to the White House is one of several appearances she will make this week in Washington, D.C. as the Russian invasion continues.

On July 20, Zelenska will address the U.S. Congress.

“The brutality of Russian aggression and the treatment of women and children have horrified the American people, and these crimes have been of particular concern to the women Members of Congress,” U.S. House Speaker Nancy Pelosi said in a statement.

“We look forward to hearing First Lady Zelenska report on this situation, as well as offer insight on security, economic and humanitarian conditions on the ground,” Pelosi further said.

On July 18, Zelenska met with U.S. Secretary of State Antony Blinken and U.S. Agency for International Development Administrator Samantha Power.


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