10:48 Sep. 21, 2016
Invited to meet with Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko Trump's campaign didn't even bother to send an RSVP
Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump already has a contentious relationship with Kyiv, irking the Ukrainian public and government officials with his praise of Russian President Vladimir Putin and Moscow-friendly views on the annexation of Crimea and the war in eastern Ukraine.
Now, invited to meet with Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko on the sidelines of the United Nations General Assembly this week, Trump's campaign didn't even bother to send Kyiv an RSVP.
A spokesperson for the Ukrainian presidential administration told Foreign Policy they reached out to both Trump and his Democratic rival, former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, to meet with Poroshenko. According to the official, only Clinton said yes, sitting down with the president on Monday. The Trump campaign did not give a clear answer.
Trump's campaign did not provide comment about the snub by the time of publication. But according to the candidate's public schedule, he's already jetted to North Carolina and has plans to be in Ohio and Pennsylvania the rest of the week, not in New York, where the U.N. meeting ends on Sept. 26, the day of the first presidential debate.
Clinton met Monday with Poroshenko and they discussed the importance of continued sanctions imposed on Moscow after Russia's invasion and annexation of Crimea in 2014.