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Trump again has allies in Congress veto aid to Ukraine

Trump again has allies in Congress veto aid to Ukraine

Mike Johnson, Republican Speaker of the House of Representatives.
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Donald Trump's allies in the House of Representatives on Monday, February 12, launched a new backlash against supporters of aid to Ukraine, refusing to examine it as a package discussed in the Senate and giving Kiev $60 billion. Democrats and Republicans have been divided in the U.S. Congress for months over aid to Ukraine, a U.S. ally that has been at war with Russia for nearly two years. A majority of Democrats are in favor. Republicans are divided between intervention hawks, pro-Ukraine supporters and Donald Trump's lieutenants.

In the middle of the presidential campaign, the equation has become a long-distance battle between President Joe Biden, who is urgently seeking this new funding, and Donald Trump, who says he will fix it if he is re-elected in November. War between Russia and Ukraine “in 24 hours” – without actually explaining how. So it doesn't matter if the Democratic leader supports the plan, or if he pushes it to Congress “Accept quickly”. In this negotiation, his predecessor and potential presidential contender will have the last word. The Senate, with a Democratic majority, has taken several steps to adopt a text combining $60 billion in aid with funding for Israel and Taiwan — $95 billion. Without the support of Republicans, who make up the majority in the House and many of whom are loyal to Donald Trump, the text will go nowhere.

Migration crisis

On Monday evening, Mike Johnson, the Republican leader in the House of Representatives and a Donald Trump loyalist, promised that the text negotiated by senators would not be scrutinized like the one in his hemicycle. “Senate foreign aid bill remains silent on the most pressing issue facing our nation”, Mike Johnson in a press release, referring to the migration crisis at the border between the United States and Mexico. In exchange for accepting aid to Kyiv, Republicans are demanding significantly stronger immigration policy. And “Without any change” From the Senate on this subject, “The House of Representatives will continue to act in its own discretion on these important issues.”He promised.

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Mike Johnson, like many Republicans in Congress, is following orders from Donald Trump, who he said Saturday wants America. “Stop giving money without expecting a return”. The Republican candidate also threw a wrench into the pool, and he confirmed it “encouraged” Nato countries will attack Russia if they don't pay their share – prompting a barrage of criticism from the other side of the Atlantic. “We are helping Ukraine $100 billion more than NATO”Donald Trump asserted his truth on social media Monday evening. “NATO must equalize, now”he demanded. “Otherwise it will be America first!”He said, referring to the doctrine of isolation that he has kept at the center of his foreign policy between 2017 and 2021.