18:04 GMT17 June 2021
Listen Live
    US
    Get short URL
    by
    208
    Subscribe

    Kevin McCarthy first called for a meeting with President Joe Biden in a 5 March letter, where the House minority leader focused on the growing surge of unaccompanied migrant children emerging at the US’ southern border.

    On Wednesday, US President Joe Biden is due to meet House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy for the first time since taking office on 20 January, which may turn into an opportunity for easing the two’s “frosty relationship”, The Hill reports.

    The news outlet cited unnamed officials on both sides of the aisle as saying that the Wednesday sit-down may become an important step and reflect both men’s drive “to move forward”.

    Current and former Biden advisers, for their part, insisted that the ball is in McCarthy’s court to signal his readiness to cooperate with the White House.

    House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy, R-Calif., welcomes freshman Republican members at the Capitol in Washington, Monday, Jan. 4, 2021. He is joined at right by Rep. Rodney Davis, R-Ill
    © AP Photo / J. Scott Applewhite
    House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy, R-Calif., welcomes freshman Republican members at the Capitol in Washington, Monday, Jan. 4, 2021. He is joined at right by Rep. Rodney Davis, R-Ill

    The remarks were preceded by the House minority leader hinting last month at his willingness to sit down with the US president.

    “Just as I’ve sat down with President Trump, I’d like to sit down with President Biden. I’ve actually requested meetings on the border crisis. Never had a meeting, never spoken to President Biden since he’s been elected. I’ve spoken to him many times when he was vice president”, McCarthy told reporters in mid-April.

    He bemoaned the fact that while he had requested meetings with Biden “a number of times”, the POTUS had “never even acknowledged them”.

    McCarthy first requested such a meeting on 5 March, when he underscored the necessity of discussing a spate of pressing migration-related issues with the US president, including the ever-increasing surge of refugees near the country’s southern border. However, the House GOP leader had not received a response from the White House since then.

    Reports about the two’s forthcoming sit-down come amid a chill in bilateral ties, which earlier deteriorated due to McCarthy’s reluctance to recognise Biden as president-elect in the weeks that followed the 3 November 2020 election, his vote to reject the certification of electoral results declaring Biden the winner of certain states, and his refusal to distance himself from former President Donald Trump following the deadly 6 January riots at the US Capitol.

    At the time, five people were killed after Trump supporters breached the Capitol building in Washington, DC to protest the Electoral College certification of Biden as the winner of the 2020 presidential election.

    Related:

    White House Can Pass $2.3 Trillion Infrastructure Bill Without GOP Support, Biden’s Energy Sec Says
    'Is He Really in Charge?': GOP Senator Cornyn Criticizes Biden's Lack of Media Presence
    GOP Lawmakers Hit Out at Biden for Enacting Travel Ban on India While Leaving Mexican Border Open
    Tags:
    opportunity, relations, meeting, Kevin McCarthy, Joe Biden, US
    Community standardsDiscussion