Biden: We won’t ‘make it easy’ for Ukraine to join NATO

Biden added that the U.S. has “done a lot” to make sure Ukraine has the “ability to coordinate militarily.”

Biden on Saturday also conveyed a hopeful outlook on U.S.-China relations ahead of Secretary of State Antony Blinken’s trip to Beijing this weekend.

Blinken had been set to visit China in February but the trip was canceled after a U.S. fighter jet downed a Chinese spy balloon off the coast of the Carolinas.

Biden indicated to reporters that the balloon may not have been an intentional spying effort by the Chinese government.

“I don’t think the leadership knew where it was, and knew what was in it, and knew what was going on,” Biden said. “I think it was more embarrassing than it was intentional.”

In addition to Blinken’s visit, Biden indicated that he would meet with China’s President Xi Jinping again “over the next several months” to discuss how to “get along” despite “legitimate differences.”

Upon arrival in Philadelphia, where Biden is scheduled to headline a rally with labor unions and overfly the site of the I-95 bridge collapse, the president was greeted by adviser Anita Dunn, Sen. Bob Casey, Rep. Brendan Boyle, Gov. Josh Shapiro and Sen. John Fetterman.

At a press briefing with the Pennsylvania officials following the aerial tour of the I-95, Biden said “there’s no more important project right now in the country, as far as I’m concerned,” and said he was directing his team “not figuratively, but literally, to move heaven and earth to get this done as soon as humanly possible.”

Biden also committed that the federal government would “reimburse 100 percent” of the first phase of I-95 reconstruction, and then “90 percent” of the expenses thereafter.

Asked earlier whether he anticipated a contentious presidential campaign, Biden quipped: “It depends on who the nominee is.”

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