On Monday, the United States provided Ukraine with another $550 million in military aid, despite reports of “deep mistrust” between Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky and President Biden.
John Kirby, Strategic Communications Coordinator, National Security Council announcing aid As part of efforts to “resist Russian aggression” and as a testament to “U.S. enduring support for Ukraine.”
Since the invasion began, the Biden administration has provided Ukraine with more than $8 billion in aid, while the Senate has passed $40 billion in military, economic and humanitarian aid aid package in May.
The New York Times reported that month that the United States had dispatched Ukraine over $54 billion total aid.
Breaking: Biden admin. Additional $550 million to Ukraine.
“Drawing rights alone have brought Ukraine more than $8 billion in material and security assistance since the invasion began,” said NSC John Kirby. pic.twitter.com/oZYjuNB8Xy
— Breaking911 (@Breaking911) August 1, 2022
Biden reportedly has no confidence in Zelensky
Biden administration continues to provide aid to Ukraine war effort despite officials leaking New York Times The president has “deep mistrust” of Zelensky.
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“The Ukrainian war is not over. Privately, U.S. officials care more about Ukrainian leadership than what they show. There is deep mistrust between the White House and Ukrainian President Volodymyr [Zelenskyy] — much more than is reported,” wrote columnist Thomas Friedman.
Kirby quelled the controversy during a news conference on Tuesday.
“The president has repeatedly expressed his admiration for President Zelensky’s leadership and courage in wartime,” he said.
“That’s why he remains very committed to continuing to support Ukraine against Russian aggression.”
Ukrainian news. Zelensky fired his top prosecutor and security chief in multiple cases of alleged treason by Ukrainian law enforcement officials.
“We’re not worried … that it will affect our support for Ukraine,” said NSC Gen. John Kirby. pic.twitter.com/37xZaI6Zy4
— CBS News (@CBSNews) July 18, 2022
Corruption in Ukraine
Friedman’s column also hinted at potential “corruption” in Ukraine, noting that Zelensky had fired Ukraine’s attorney general and the head of its domestic intelligence agency.
“An interesting thing happened in Kyiv,” he wrote, though the columnist offered little explanation for why the dismissals occurred.
Zelensky cites examples of their cooperation with Russia.
“It’s as if we don’t want to take a close look behind the scenes in Kiev because we’ve invested so much in Kyiv for fear of what corruption or antics we might see,” Friedman concluded.
— Billy Long (@auctnr1) July 18, 2022
Have a “deep mistrust” of Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky, and think openly about corruption in the country – behaviors that the media would have accused you of siding with Russia not long ago.
national review Wonder what’s behind Friedman’s report marks the second time a White House official has leaked negative information about Zelensky to The New York Times.
They discussed the possibility that the government was bringing Ukraine down, “laying the groundwork for the argument, ‘We did everything we could to help the Ukrainians protect themselves, but in the end, they were too incompetent, too corrupt, and plagued by infighting as well.'”
While just speculation, it seems to be on par with this president’s lesson. Blame inflation and gas prices on Russia, then Ukraine for wasting taxpayers billions.
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