Foreign Policy: Trump Gives Ukraine Cold Shoulder in New York
Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump already has a contentious relationship with Kiev, 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 Kiev 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.
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Update #1: Trump Leaves Ukraine Hanging at the UN General Assembly (Fortune)
Update #2: Trump Ignores Invitation to Meet Poroshenko on Sidelines of UN General Assembly (Sputnik)
WNU Editor: The excuse is that there was a scheduling conflict .... Ukrainian President says he wasn’t snubbed by Trump; cites scheduling conflict (CNN). But if I was advising Donald Trump .... I would have advised him to meet Ukraine President Poroshenko .... but make it brief and talk about generalities. But my guess is that this was probably not going to happen .... Donald Trump's remarks on Ukraine last month (see above video) rankled the Ukraine government .... and they were not pleased .... Ukraine President Poroshenko included. Will this hurt Donald Trump .... the answer is no. Ukraine President Poroshenko is deeply resented in Ukraine right now .... his poll numbers are in the teens, and he has not delivered on any of his promises that he ran on in the last election.
Update #3: Hillary Clinton did meet with Ukraine President Poroshenko .... Clinton's rebuke to Trump as she tells Ukraine's embattled leader she would defend its borders if she wins (daily Mail).