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Speaker Johnson is in talks with White House to provide aid to Ukraine

Apr 12, 2024

US House Speaker Mike Johnson is in talks with the White House in preparation for a vote on military aid for Ukraine and Israel.

This was stated by House Republican Leader Steve Scalise, according to the Associated Press.


According to him, Johnson is negotiating with White House officials on a $95 billion package, which will deviate from the Senate’s $95 billion foreign security package and include several Republican demands.

This comes after Johnson delayed the aid, which would provide Kyiv with much-needed ammunition and weapons, for several months, trying to find the right time to move the package forward.

"There’s been no agreement reached. Obviously there would have to an agreement reached not just with the White House, but with our own members," Scalise said.

Johnson is caught between a Republican conference deeply divided in its support for Ukraine, and two presidential contenders feuding over the US position toward the rest of the world.

US President Joe Biden has repeatedly criticized Republicans for refusing to help Ukraine, saying they are doing the bidding of Russian dictator Vladimir Putin and harming US security. Meanwhile, Donald Trump, the presumptive Republican nominee, has said he will negotiate an end to the war, trying to push the United States toward a more isolationist stance.

Author – Anastasiya Glotova, 12/04/2024

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