The United States sent another $550 million in military aid to Ukraine on Monday, even as reports emerged that there is “deep mistrust” between its president, Volodymyr Zelenskyy, and President Biden.
National Security Council Strategic Communications Coordinator John Kirby announced the aid as part of an effort to “stand up to Russian aggression” and as a demonstration of “the continued US support for Ukraine”.
The Biden administration has provided Ukraine with more than $8 billion in aid since the invasion began, while the Senate approved a $40 billion military, economic and humanitarian aid package in May.
The New York Times reported that month that the United States had sent a total of more than $54 billion in aid to Ukraine at the time.
BREAKING: Biden admin. send additional $550 million to Ukraine.
“It brings in more than $8 billion in material and security assistance to Ukraine alone just since the invasion began,” said National Security Council John Kirby. pic.twitter.com/oZYjuNB8Xy
— Breaking911 (@Breaking911) August 1, 2022
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Biden reportedly distrusts Zelenskyy
The Biden administration continues to provide aid to Ukraine’s war effort, even as officials leaked to the New York Times that the president has “deep mistrust” of Zelenskyy.
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“The war in Ukraine is not over yet. And privately, US officials are far more concerned about Ukraine’s leadership than they show. There is a deep distrust between the White House and Ukrainian President Volodymyr [Zelenskyy] – considerably more than has been reported,” wrote columnist Thomas Friedman.
Kirby suppressed the controversy during a press conference on Tuesday.
“The president has spoken many, many times of his admiration for President Zelensky’s leadership and courage in this wartime,” he said.
“And that is why he has remained very committed to continuing to support Ukraine in their fight against Russian aggression.”
Ukrainian press. Zelenskyy has fired his chief prosecutor and security chief amid a number of cases of suspected treason by Ukrainian law enforcement officers.
“We are not concerned that… it will affect our support for Ukraine in the future,” said NSC Admiral John Kirby. pic.twitter.com/37xZaI6Zy4
— TBEN News (@CBSNews) July 18, 2022
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Corruption in Ukraine
Friedman’s column also suggests possible “corruption” in Ukraine and points to Zelensky’s resignation of the Ukrainian attorney general and the leader of his domestic intelligence agency.
“There are funny things going on in Kiev,” he wrote, although the columnist offers little explanation as to why those layoffs happened.
Zelenskyy had cited examples of their cooperation with Russia.
“It’s like we don’t want to look too deep under the hood in Kiev for fear of what kind of corruption or antics we might see, when we’ve invested so much there,” Friedman concludes.
— Billy Lang (@auctnr1) July 18, 2022
Having a “deep mistrust” of Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy and openly reflecting on corruption in the country — it wasn’t that long ago that the media accused you of siding with Russia for such acts.
The National Review wondered what lies behind Friedman’s coverage, which marks the second time White House officials have leaked negative news about Zelenskyy to the New York Times.
They discussed the possibility of the government pushing Ukraine to take the trap, “laying the groundwork for arguing, “we did everything we could to help the Ukrainians defend themselves, but in the end they were too incompetent, too corrupt and too besieged by infighting.’”
While it’s just speculation, that seems to be the normal course of business with this president. Blame Russia for inflation and gas prices, then blame Ukraine for wasting billions in taxpayers’ money.
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