Biden targets conservatives over Ukraine funding in meeting with Zelensky

On Friday, President Biden made a point of quickly naming Republicans responsible for Ukraine’s financing woes during a brief meeting abroad with Volodymyr Zelenskyy.

Biden, speaking to Zelenskyy in Paris a day after D-Day commemorations, told the Ukrainian leader: “You have not given in. You have not given in at all. You continue to fight in a way simply remarkable. It’s remarkable. And we’re not going to give up on you.”

“I apologize for these weeks of not knowing what’s going to happen in terms of funding, because we had difficulty getting the bill that we needed to pass, with the money in it, from some of our very conservative members who were delaying it But we finally got there and since then, including today, I’ve announced six major funding packages,” Biden added. “Today, I’m also signing an additional $225 million deal to help you rebuild the power grid.”

Biden was referring to a recent foreign aid package that passed Congress in late April after being stalled for months in the House of Representatives.


Biden shakes hands with Zelenskyy in Paris, France on Friday, June 7. (AP/Evan Vucci)

A growing number of fiscal conservatives are skeptical of continued U.S. financial involvement in Ukraine, while others are raising questions about corruption within the Kiev government.

Putin threatens to arm allies for strikes in the West in response to Ukraine’s support for NATO

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Biden told Zelenskyy that “some conservatives” are responsible for blocking aid to Ukraine in Congress. (AP/Evan Vucci)

More mainstream Republicans and national security hawks warn that Ukraine’s victory is essential to preventing a broader conflict between NATO and Russia, warning that its President Vladimir Putin is rapidly forming a second ” axis of evil” with Iran and China.

Zelenskyy told Biden during the brief meeting: “It is very important that you stay with us.

A tri-split image of Rep. Bob Good, Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy, and Rep. Andrew Clyde

Freedom Caucus Chairman Bob Good, R-Va., left, called for any funding for Ukraine to be balanced with spending cuts elsewhere and to be coupled with changes in the American border policy. Rep. Andrew Clyde, R-Ga., R-Ga., told Fox News Digital that “any lethal military assistance to Ukraine that does not meet these critical requirements is completely doomed to failure.” » (Kevin Dietsch/Getty Images and Maxym Marusenko/NurPhoto via Getty Images and Tom Williams/CQ-Roll Call, Inc via Getty Images)


“This bipartisan support from Congress is very important that in this unity of the United States of America, all Americans stand with Ukraine as was the case during World War II,” he said. “How the United States helped save lives and Europe.”

Elizabeth Elkind of Fox News contributed to this report.