Somehow, the image of President Joe Biden bicycling on the beach while war rages in Eastern Europe is not a good optic, though it’s fair to say the 79-year-old president has a busy week ahead of him.
RNC Chairwoman Ronna McDaniel noted in a tweet that Biden “is currently on his 36th trip to Delaware on a beach vacation,” and he was photographed riding a bicycle in Gordon’s Pond State Park in Rehoboth Beach, Del., on Sunday.
President Biden is taking a bike ride this morning in Rehoboth Beach. pic.twitter.com/QkjgYbix2W
— Josh Wingrove (@josh_wingrove) March 20, 2022
Of course, Russia’s invasion of Ukraine is not the only pressing issue at the moment, as the GOP noted in a tweet sharing that there’s also record gas prices, historic inflation and the wide open southern border with Mexico, where migrant crossings are trending higher that last year, which saw nearly 2 million illegal immigrants cross.
And then there’s the addition “weakness on the world stage”…
Record gas prices, historic inflation, open border, weakness on the world stage.
— RNC Research (@RNCResearch) March 21, 2022
There were plenty of developments on the war from over the weekend, with Turkey signaling that peace talks seem to be making some progress, and Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy warning that a “third world war” looms should they fail.
“We can say we’re hopeful for a cease-fire if the sides do not take a step back from the current positions,” Turkish foreign minister Mevlüt Çavuşoğlu said, adding that there “is convergence on the two countries’ positions on the critical issues.”
“I think that we have to use any format, any chance in order to have a possibility of negotiating, possibility of talking to Putin. But if these attempts fail, that would mean that this is a third world war,” Zelenskyy said. “If there is just one percent chance for us to stop this war, I think that we need to take this chance, we need to do that.”
Meanwhile, Ukraine rejected a Russians ultimatum to surrender its besieged port city of Mariupol to Russian forces, according to CNBC.
“Ukrainian authorities said overnight that Moscow had demanded Mariupol be handed over by 5 a.m. Russian forces said they would spare the lives of those who complied with their surrender ultimatum and would allow civilians to leave if their demands were met,” the network reported. “Thousands of civilians are trapped in the city, which is running dangerously low on vital supplies like food, water and medicines.”
President Biden will meet in Brussels with NATO Allies, G7 Leaders and European Union leaders later this week, before traveling to Warsaw on Friday to hold a bilateral meeting with President Andrzej Duda.
White House press secretary Jen Psaki announced on Sunday the president will not be traveling to Ukraine, after Ihor Zhovka, the deputy head of the Ukrainian office of the President effectively dared Biden to do so.
“Just this week, three prime ministers of our three friendly nations, Poland, Czech Republic and Slovenia, visited personally Kyiv, and they met personally with President Zelenskyy, so why not President Biden comes to Ukraine to meet with my president?” he said in an interview on CNN.
When anchor Wolf Blitzer noted that it would be “pretty dangerous,” Zhovka replied, “Well, definitely it is dangerous when you have a war against my country, a war in Europe. So, one should not be afraid. If you are brave, you have not to be afraid, you win the war.”
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