Biden To Seek an Additional $60 Billion From Congress for Ukraine
US President Joe Biden has united Ukraine and Israel and called on Congress to demonstrate unity in providing aid to both countries. He emphasized that he will submit an urgent budget request to Congress for additional funding, seeking an extra $60 billion for Ukraine and $14 billion for Israel, "alongside other national security priorities."
As reported by The New York Times, this comes from President Biden's address to the American people from the Oval Office.
According to Biden, providing military and economic assistance to these two nations aligns with the interests of global stability and America's national security.
President Biden drew a parallel between recent events in Israel and the war in Ukraine, urging citizens to support Washington's aid to both nations.
He referred to the current time as a "turning point in history."
"It may seem like this war is 'far away,' and one might wonder why it should concern Americans... The success of Israel and Ukraine is vital for US national security. History has taught us that when terrorists do not pay the price for their terror and dictators for their aggression, they cause even more chaos and deaths. They continue their actions, and the costs and threats to the US and the world only increase. So, if we do not curb Putin's appetite for power and control in Ukraine, he won't stop at just Ukraine," emphasized Biden, while also mentioning Moscow's hints at parts of Poland's territory and the Baltic states, which are NATO members.
Biden compared the events of this month in Israel to the almost 20 months of war in Ukraine.
"Hamas and Putin pose different threats, but they have something in common: both want to destroy a neighbouring democratic state," said the US President.
He referred to the United States as a "beacon to the world," whose leadership is crucial for ending death and destruction by democracy's enemies.
"This world relies on American leadership. America's alliances ensure our security," noted Joe Biden.
"It's not worth jeopardising all of this by turning away from Ukraine and Israel," he added.
The President condemned instances of anti-Semitism and Islamophobia, stating that terrorists like Hamas should not be equated with all Palestinians. Biden also reiterated that the US supports a resolution to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict through the creation of two states, with both peoples deserving a peaceful and dignified life.
Sources within the President's administration indicate that half of the $60 billion requested for Ukraine by Biden will go towards the replacement and modernisation of American weaponry.
As reported by The Gaze, during his visit to NATO headquarters in Brussels, the US Secretary of Defence stated that the United States will supply arms to both Israel and Ukraine. Lloyd Austin emphasized that Washington will continue to support its allies under all circumstances.