According to a recent story, a June phone discussion between President Joe Biden and Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy, during which Biden notified Zelenskyy of $1 billion in help, became heated when Zelenskyy used the call to ask for even more aid.
According to a report from NBC, citing “ four people familiar with the call” Biden became irritated with Zelenskyy during their chat on June 15 because Zelenskyy was asking for more even though he was receiving a great deal.
According to the NBC story, Biden told Zelenskyy that America was generous and that he, his administration, and the U.S. military were working hard to assist Ukraine.
Biden then raised his voice and stated that Zelenskyy “should demonstrate a bit more appreciation.”
According to NBC, at the time, the Biden administration was irritated by Zelenskyy’s frequent public pleas for greater assistance, even though they believed they were doing all possible.
NBC also noted that “a source familiar with the conversation” said that Biden was “direct” in telling Zelenskyy about making requests through military channels but denied the conversation was angry.
The June NBC article, citing unnamed sources, stated that Zelenskyy was angry with Biden for rejecting initial requests for military weapons that would be accepted weeks or months later.
According to the article, Ukraine backed down on its demands to avoid angering Biden, and Zelenskyy issued a public response on the same day.
“I had an important conversation with U.S. President Biden today,” he said. “I am grateful for this support. It is especially important for our defense in Donbas.”
NBC reported that Biden is mulling a post-election request for $40 billion to $60 billion for Ukraine.
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According to Politico, Republicans are unlikely to approve Ukraine aid without knowing where it goes, as House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy, who might become House Speaker if the GOP wins control of the House, warned Ukraine would not receive a “blank check.”
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