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Ukraine’s president thanked the United States Congress in an interview on Sunday after House Speaker Mike Johnson a day earlier bucked his occasion’s conservative wing and ushered via the passage of laws offering army help to Kyiv.

Volodymyr Zelensky appeared on NBC’s Meet the Press and thanked Mr Johnson particularly for what he mentioned was “a show of leadership and strength of the United States” after the House of Representatives authorised a $60.8bn invoice to assist Ukraine buy weapon methods and munitions and to restock US provides that had been depleted by earlier support packages.

The laws is ready for a remaining vote within the Senate on Tuesday the place it’s anticipated to move; the higher chamber had initially voted on the laws in February. The House took months to choose aside the laws and make adjustments, whereas Ukraine’s army scenario grew more and more determined. Mr Johnson lastly introduced the laws to the ground this week solely to endure a serious insurrection from conservatives; the laws obtained extra assist from Democrats than Republicans on remaining passage.

“I would like to thank Speaker Johnson and President Biden,” Mr Zelensky mentioned, including that it could “send the Kremlin a powerful signal” concerning the US’s dedication to the warfare.

But that committment is much from ironclad, a indisputable fact that was evident on Sunday to members of each events. Senator Dan Sullivan of Alaska, a Republican, couldn’t say that Washington would stay a dedicated ally to Kyiv if Donald Trump had been on the helm in 2025 as he was interviewed on Face the Nation.

“If Donald Trump wins this next election, can you guarantee the US will stay with Ukraine?” asked CBS’s Margaret Brennan.

“I can’t guarantee anything,” Mr Sullivan replied.

Hungary’s rightwing prime minister, Viktor Orban, claimed earlier this year that the former US president told him privately that the US would end all military assistance to Ukraine if he were to return to the White House. MrTrump’s campaign has not directly denied this, but stated that the former president believes that European allies of the US should foot a higher bill for Ukraine’s defence and added that a negotiated end to the Russia-Ukraine war would be Mr Trump’s top priority.

“President Trump has repeatedly acknowledged {that a} high precedence in his second time period will probably be to shortly negotiate an finish to the Russia-Ukraine warfare,” Trump campaign spokesman Steven Cheung said in March.

“Also, President Trump believes European nations ought to be paying extra of the price of the battle, because the US has paid considerably extra, which isn’t truthful to our taxpayers.”

In actuality, an evaluation from the Council on Foreign Relations exhibits that the US is in second-place relating to the rating of entities offering Ukraine with support — behind solely the mixed European Union and related organisations.

Confusingly, one Republican senator with a popularity for flattering the previous president nonetheless credited Mr Trump with the invoice’s passage.

“Ukrainians are fighting like tigers. This aid package has a loan component to it and this would not have passed without Donald Trump,” Lindsey Graham informed Fox’s Shannon Bream on Sunday.

But conservatives against Ukraine support are vowing to get revenge after their colleagues relied on Democratic votes to see the laws handed via the House.

Marjorie Taylor Greene declared that Speaker Mike Johnson’s tenure as chief of the House GOP was “over” following the vote in an interview on Sunday.

“Mike Johnson’s Speakership is over. He needs to do the right thing and allow us to move forward in a controlled process, and if he doesn’t do so, he will be vacated,” she informed Fox News’s Sunday Morning Futures.

President Joe Biden celebrated the House’s passage of the Ukraine support invoice on Saturday shortly after the vote, writing in a press release that GOP and Democratic supporters of the laws “came together to answer history’s call”.

“Today, members of both parties in the House voted to advance our national security interests and send a clear message about the power of American leadership on the world stage,” mentioned the US president.

Members of each events cheered on the House ground after the laws handed on Saturday throughout a uncommon weekend session; some even waved Ukrainian flags on the House ground, drawing an indignant rebuke from conservatives who had opposed the laws.

What’s within the full overseas support package deal handed by the House:

Three items of laws that had been a part of the nationwide safety supplemental handed by the Senate, in addition to one piece of sidecar laws coping with Russia/Iran sanctions, handed the House on Saturday. Combined, they are going to present tens of billions of {dollars} in safety and army help to US allies in three areas.


The Ukraine portion of the invoice is the biggest. $60.8bn is earmarked for Ukraine within the payments handed on Saturday, with a lot being focused to resupply very important air defences for the Ukrainian army. A Republican modification to strip all non-defence spending from the invoice failed.

Of the defence spending within the invoice, $23bn is put aside to replenish US stockpiles drawn down by the trouble to produce Ukraine, whereas one other $11bn would assist present US operations in jap Europe. Nearly $14bn was focused to assist Ukraine buy superior weapon and defence methods.

A comparatively smaller quantity, $26m, was equipped to supply oversight efforts to make sure that US contributions to Ukraine are being disbursed appropriately and pretty.


Much of the $26.38bn Israel invoice is centred round restocking Israeli munitions required for its defences in addition to the siege of Gaza, the place Israel is making an attempt to wipe out Hamas militants. $4bn is included for resupplying the Iron Dome defensive grid, and $1.2bn is embody for the so-called “Iron Beam”, a ground-based laser system used to take out drones and missiles.

$3.5bn is put aside to assist Israel procure weapon methods, whereas practically $7bn is marked for restocking US provides and funding operations within the area.


One final phase of the overseas support package deal offers with Taiwan and different US allies within the Indo-Pacific area such because the Philippines. This smaller ($8.12bn) invoice units apart $3.3bn for the development of submarine port infrastructure across the Indo-Pacific and contains roughly $4bn in help to Taiwan and regional army companions of the US. Just over a half billion can be offered to immediately strengthen US army belongings within the area.