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White House considering Biden trip to Europe

The discussions come after a weekend when fighting intensified across Ukraine and Russia's attacks moved closer to Poland, a member of NATO.

WASHINGTON — The White House is considering the possibility of President Joe Biden’s traveling to Europe in the coming weeks, according to three U.S. officials and two people familiar with the discussions.

The trip, which would focus on the war in Ukraine and aim to reassure America’s allies in the region, has yet to be finalized, the sources said. A U.S. official said Brussels, home to NATO and the European Union, is under consideration as a location.

NATO is discussing holding a meeting with heads of state next week in Brussels, according to U.S. and foreign officials who said a meeting of leaders from members of the military alliance could serve as a venue for a Biden trip. But they noted that a NATO gathering has not been finalized.

Vice President Kamala Harris visited Poland and Romania last week. The three administration officials said some staff members who worked on Harris’ trip stayed behind in Europe to help plan for a possible presidential visit.

The sources did not know the precise timing of Biden’s possible travel to Europe if the White House were to move forward with a trip.

The White House and the National Security Council did not immediately respond to requests for comment.