As President Joe Biden meets with Republicans, he is warning them of the risk to global security amid stalled U.S. military aid for Ukraine. During a White House meeting with congressional leaders, Biden emphasized the danger to the NATO alliance and the free world if support for Ukraine falters.
The deadlock centers around Biden’s request for $60 billion in aid for Kyiv, which Republicans have tied to demands for stricter border control measures. This impasse comes against the backdrop of the upcoming U.S. presidential election, adding to the political tension.
Biden’s call for urgent action on both aid to Ukraine and border issues was met with mixed responses. Republican House Speaker Mike Johnson acknowledged the productive nature of the talks but stressed the priority of border security.
Meanwhile, Democratic Senate Leader Chuck Schumer highlighted a bipartisan need for a solution. Amid these challenges, Congress is also racing to avoid a government shutdown by Friday.