House Speaker Mike Johnson (R-La.) came away from a meeting with Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky more determined than ever to tie providing more aid to his embattled country with a commitment from President Joe Biden to finally get tough on U.S. border security.
The Ukrainian leader was in Washington on Tuesday to plead for more military assistance as his forces have been unable to dislodge Russian troops from their positions inside the eastern sectors of his country after they invaded nearly two years ago.
But Johnson, who has been pushing border security for weeks as part of any future aid package for Ukraine, as well as Taiwan, made it clear following his meeting he wasn’t budging until the White House produced a legitimate and substantial border security plan.
He also accused the Biden administration of failing to provide the American people with a clear plan ahead for Ukraine after providing the country with at least $100 billion, even as the national debt has surpassed $34 trillion under Joe Biden and, for two years of his term, a Democratic Congress.