US President Joe Biden has for decades held a skeptical view of Russian President Vladimir Putin.
In June 2001, former President George W. After Bush met with Putin, Bush said he looked into his eyes and “felt his soul.” Biden, a senator at the time and chairman of the Foreign Relations Committee, responded to those comments by saying, “I don’t trust Putin. Hopefully, the president was stylistic rather than original.”
Biden has taken a large circle of aides with him on his first overseas trip. He traveled with Blinken on Air Force One to Cornwall, although the Secretary of State departed early for Brussels on his own plane. Also on the visit is National Security Adviser Jake Sullivan, who has appointed Biden to summit sessions.
West Wing Senior Advisor Jane O’Malley is traveling with Dillon, Mike Donilon and Bruce Reid Biden, as are Press Secretary Jen Psaki and Communications Director Kate Bedingfield.
Several National Security Council officials are also on the visit, including NSC Chief of Staff Yohannes Abraham, Deputy National Security Adviser Dalip Singh, NSC Senior Director of Speech Writing Carlin Reichl and Amanda Sloot, Senior Director for Europe.
Wednesday’s summit between Biden and Putin – and its anticipated outcome – was the subject of much conversation among other leaders who gathered for their meeting at NATO headquarters on Monday.
British Prime Minister Boris Johnson said Biden “will give some tough messages to President Putin during the next few days,” a comment suggesting that he, too, had summits with Biden during his back-to-back days. was discussed. The receptions and sessions he held during the first part of Biden’s visit.