US: Ultimatum for Biden on Ukraine

The Speaker of the House of Representatives set the condition under which Republicans will allow Biden to help Ukraine.

Speaker of the House of Representatives Mike Johnson issued a direct ultimatum to the US president to approve the military aid package for Ukraine.

Republican ultimatum

In a December 5 letter to White House President Shalanda Young, Johnson warned that he would not support further military aid to Ukraine unless the Biden administration agreed to strengthen security at the border with Mexico.

Let’s not forget that President Joe Biden’s administration asked Congress in October to allocate $106 billion in aid to Ukraine and Israel and to ensure the security of the southern U.S. border, which is under pressure from African and Asian migrants. to increase. Most of the package would be spent on aid to Ukraine.

Johnson did not mention specific demands in the letter, but referred to the Border Security Act, which calls for rebuilding the border wall, one of Donald Trump’s key campaign promises. So far, Democratic members of Congress and the Biden administration have opposed it.

“Additional funding for Ukraine is contingent on the adoption of transformative changes to our country’s border security regulations. (…) We are ready and willing to cooperate with the government [Bidena – przyp. red.] on a credible package of border security measures that will protect the interests of the American people,” Johnson’s statement said.

Funds for Ukraine

On December 4, the director of the US Office of Management and Budget, Shalanda Young, sent an urgent letter to Congress informing about the need to make an immediate decision on further financing of military aid to Ukraine. According to her, the previously allocated funds will run out this month.

Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky plans to speak via video link with US senators to personally explain to them the importance of voting on military aid.

Source: Do Rzeczy