First lady Jill Biden made a strange surprise trip into Ukraine on Mother’s Day, while President Biden spent the day on the golf course.
Jill decided to travel to the supposedly war-torn country as reporters claimed she snuck into Ukraine through Slovakia.
Meanwhile, her husband, the president of the United States, headed to the golf course to play a round with his brother.
“Pool joined the president’s motorcade near the Biden residence at 3:22pm ET,” Los Angeles Times reporter Courtney Subramanian said in a pool report. “Pool arrived at the Fieldstone Golf Club at 3:29 pm ET. Pool has not seen POTUS today. We’re headed to the hold location.”
Later, she wrote: “POTUS is golfing with his brother Jimmy, per the WH.”
A few hours later, Biden rolled out. “Pool joined the president’s motorcade outside Fieldstone Golf Club at 6:30 p.m. Motorcade is rolling,” the reporter wrote.
Meanwhile Jill Biden entered Ukraine through a bus station in Kosice, Slovakia, which serves as a processing center for Ukrainians fleeing the war. She then moved to a border crossing between the two countries, where she visited a chapel and met with volunteers.
Tyler Pager, a White House reporter with The Washington Post, was traveling with the first lady of the United States (FLOTUS) and released this pool report after she had safely returned to Slovakia.
“Note: This pool report was under embargo until directions from the WH for security reasons,” Pager wrote. “FLOTUS’ motorcade crossed the border into Ukraine at 2:41 p.m. (Slovakia time) for an unannounced visit.”
“FLOTUS exited her vehicle at 2:51 and met the first lady of Ukraine, Olena Zelenska. The two women hugged and FLOTUS gave her a bouquet of flowers. This is the first time Zelenska has appeared in public since Feb. 24, the date of the Russian invasion, per U.S. official. The official also said the two first ladies have exchanged correspondences in the last few weeks.”
“Pool asked FLOTUS what it meant to make this visit: ‘I wanted to come on Mother’s Day. I thought it was important to show the Ukrainian people that this war has to stop and this war has been brutal and that the people of the United States stand with the people of Ukraine.’”
Pager asked Zelenska what FLOTUS’ visit meant to her.
She responded saying, “First of all, I would like to thank you for a very courageous act. Because we understand what it takes for the US First Lady to come here during a war when the military actions are taking place every day, where the air sirens are happening every day even today.”
Jill’s move marks the third high-profile meeting between high profile American and Ukrainian officials in the country but the President still has no intention of traveling there.White House press secretary Jen Psaki, confirmed that there are no plans to send Biden to Ukraine “No. No, we are not sending the president to Ukraine.”