President Joe Biden acknowledged on Wednesday that he was concerned that the political unrest in Washington could jeopardize US assistance to Ukraine.
He urged Republicans to put aside their differences and support the “critically important” help to Kyiv.
After the disarray in Washington frightened US allies, Biden stressed that he would soon deliver a significant address on the need to back Ukraine’s battle against the Russian invasion.
When asked if the ouster of Republican House Speaker Kevin McCarthy by hardliners in his own party could halt additional funding for Ukraine’s military effort, Biden responded, “It does worry me.
However, I am aware that the majority of lawmakers from both parties in the House and Senate have stated their support for funding Ukraine. No new cash for Ukraine was included in a last-minute congressional agreement to prevent a US government shutdown over the weekend, and prospects for a speedy resolution have been made more difficult by McCarthy’s departure on Tuesday.
Jim Jordan, a hard-right Republican who has expressed notable skepticism regarding assistance for Ukraine, is one of the candidates vying to succeed him. The others have a variety of positions.
The timing is crucial because, as the White House has warned, help may run out in a matter of months, precisely as Ukraine attempts to advance its sluggish offensive against Russia before winter comes in. Without providing more information, Biden said there was “another means by which we may be able to find funding” without congressional permission.
The White House noted that the president will receive a briefing on Ukraine from his national security team on Thursday, the first to include General Charles “CQ” Brown as the new senior US military leader.