President Biden on Friday spoke with Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky about his “plan to tackle corruption,” according to a White House statement.
This first phone call between the two leaders happened more than two months after Biden took office. Last year, the Biden family’s involvement in alleged corruption in Ukraine was a major issue in the US presidential campaign.
Biden “emphasized his administration’s commitment to revitalize our strategic partnership in support of President Zelenskyy’s plan to tackle corruption and implement a reform agenda based on our shared democratic values,” the White House said of the call.
Ukraine’s widespread corruption has been a thorny matter for Biden, who as vice president led the Obama administration’s Ukraine policy while his son Hunter Biden earned a reported $50,000 per month on the board of Ukrainian energy firm Burisma, despite no industry experience.
House Democrats impeached President Donald Trump in late 2019 over a call with Zelensky in which Trump suggested the Ukrainian