Today, President Biden said that he is prepared to meet with Russian President Vladimir Putin if he indicates he is interested in ending his country’s war with Ukraine. But Biden added: “He hasn’t done that yet.” Biden’s comments came during a joint news conference with French President Emmanuel Macron during which both leaders reaffirmed their commitment to supporting Ukraine. Macron’s visit to the White House will also include the first state dinner since Biden took office.
Meanwhile, the Senate passed legislation to avert a national rail strike. And later Thursday, former president Barack Obama was back in Georgia to campaign for Sen. Raphael G. Warnock (D-Ga.) ahead of the senator’s Tuesday runoff against Republican Herschel Walker, the former football star.