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House Speaker Gives Biden an Ultimatum on Ukraine Funding

The US has splurged a staggering $100 billion towards Ukraine since February 2022, raising criticism amongst Republicans on why the money is not being spent in the US instead. 

House speaker Mike Johnson issued an ultimatum on Tuesday, December 5, 2023 in the form of a letter. This is said to be a major blow for the prospect of further aid to Kiev. 

“The American people feel very strongly about this, and I do as well. We have things that we can and should do around the world, but we have to take care of our own house first,” Johnson said at the time. 

“As long as the border is wide open, we’re opening ourselves up for great threats. And again, it’s just a matter of principle that if we’re going to take care of a border in Ukraine, we need to take care of America’s as well. And I think there’s bipartisan support for that idea.”

Despite the massive amounts of funding sent from the US, Ukrainian forces have reportedly found little success in their counteroffensive against Russia. 

NATO chief Jens Stoltenberg further warned that the world should “be prepared for bad news” in the conflict this week.

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