White House correspondent discusses President Biden’s visit with European leaders
TYLER, Texas (KLTV) - Jon Decker, Gray TV’s White House correspondent, joined East Texas Now host Jeremy Butler Friday to discuss President Biden’s recent meetings with European leaders regarding Russia’s ongoing invasion of Ukraine.
Decker spoke to Butler from Brussels, Belgium. He explained that President Joe Biden traveled there recently to speak to his European counterparts via meetings with NATO, the G7 Summit, and the European Commission.
Decker said Biden made several big announcements regarding humanitarian aid to Ukraine. The White House correspondent said the president said the United States will provide $1 billion to help with the Ukrainian refugee crisis. Decker said Biden also announced that the US will be opening its doors to up to 100,000 Ukrainian refugees.
“This morning, an agreement was reached between the US and the European Union as it relates to having the US supply a significant amount of liquified natural gas to Europe over the next few years,” Decker said. “The idea is to ween Europe off their dependence on Russian energy, Russian oil.”
When asked if he thinks that agreement will affect the high fuel prices in the United States, Decker said it is a long-term measure. He said it will not have any immediate impact on gas prices in Texas or anywhere else in the US.
“But, it’s good news in terms of those suppliers,” Decker said. “It gives them another outlet for their product and creates more demand for it.”
Later, Butler asked if Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy’s recent plea for help will have any results.
Decker said that Zelenskyy asked for more offensive military weapons like fighter jets. The White House correspondent explained that Biden has made it clear that is not going to happen. He added that NATO General Secretary Jens Stoltenberg has also said no to sending fighter jets to Ukraine.
However, the United States and NATO may send Ukraine help in the form of air defense systems.
According to Decker, Biden has said he doesn’t want the United States to have any direct military involvement or engagement in Ukraine.
“He has also made it clear that no US troops will ever step foot on Ukrainian soil,” Decker said. “There will be no boots on the ground in Ukraine. That is pretty clear. The president is not going to change his mind on that front.”
Decker also serves as Gray TV’s senior national editor. He has been a member of the White House Press Corps since 1995.
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