US President Joe Biden has been no stranger to theatrics and optics throughout his presidency; the proclivity for drama likely offering a way to disguise his lack of progress as Commander in Chief.
In Ukraine, on President’s Day, things were no different. Biden made a surprise trip to Kyiv for a number of rather obvious photo opportunities, including a stroll through the streets as air sirens blared. Sure, this was a rather profound bit of imagery, but no one on the ground seemed to register that the alarms sounded, offering us the possibility that they were already aware of the impending and normally-worrisome ennui.
President Biden arrived in Ukraine’s capital city of Kyiv early Monday morning in a surprise visit just ahead of the one-year anniversary of Russia’s invasion of the country.
Biden delivered remarks and met with President Volodymyr Zelensky at Mariinsky Palace to announce an additional half-billion dollars in U.S. assistance. The new assistance includes shells for howitzers, anti-tank missiles, air surveillance radars and other aid but no new advanced weaponry.
The trip is the first time Biden has traveled to Ukraine since Russia launched its invasion one year ago.
Biden was expected to visit Poland on Monday to mark the one-year anniversary since the war began but instead embarked on a nearly 10-hour train ride from the Polish border to visit Ukraine’s capital.
And while the Democratic fanboys were busy fawning over the trip, many Americans took to social media to lament Biden’s 2,500 mile trip to a foreign warzone when East Palestine, Ohio, (less than 300 miles from Washington), was still in the midst of a egregious man-made disaster.
Of course Joe Biden is in Ukraine and not Ohio…
Because screw Americans.
— Donald Trump Jr. (@DonaldJTrumpJr) February 20, 2023
Want to know why Biden is in Kyiv not East Palestine?
Ohio doesn’t launder the money
— DC_Draino (@DC_Draino) February 20, 2023
Joe Biden visits Kyiv, Ukraine.
President Trump is going to visit East Palestine, Ohio. #PresidentsDay pic.twitter.com/Uvz8CUObXu
— Vernon Jones (@VernonForGA) February 20, 2023
Joes in Ukraine but he can’t go to Ohio???Seriously, when are the impeachment papers being filed @SpeakerMcCarthy @mattgaetz @RepMTG ??The American people are DONE https://t.co/LXHT0VcVHy
— DrChristy39 🇺🇸🇧🇷 (@Christy39Dr) February 20, 2023
Former President Donald Trump is set to visit East Palestine, Ohio this week, likely on Wednesday.