November 26, 2022

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War in Ukraine: When Biden loses his cool on the phone with Zelensky

Since the beginning War in Ukraine, Joe Biden and Volodymyr Zelensky call each other out every time the US announces a new military aid program for Kyiv. But in June, a phone call between the two leaders went differently than the previous one American media NBC Based on the testimony of four sources who knew the content of the call.

When Zelensky began listing all the additional aid he needed, the US president had barely finished informing his Ukrainian counterpart that he had released another billion dollars in military aid that he had not received. According to NBC, the Democrats lost their cool. Joe Biden raised his voice and recalled that the American people are very generous and that his administration and the US military are working hard to help Ukraine. Then he asked Zelensky to show some more gratitude.

In the same article, US media reports that according to administration officials, relations between the two have only improved since this famous phone call. Volodymyr Zelenskyy also issued a statement praising America’s generous assistance.

While no one expects a complete U.S. foreign policy reversal on Ukraine, the midterm elections may force Joe Biden to revise his strategy. If the Republicans win, their leader, Kevin McCarthy, has insisted his party will not sign a “blank check” for Ukraine, fueling concern among Kyiv and US allies. Some pro-Trump Republicans have also criticized military aid to Ukraine, including an initial $40 billion package approved by a large bipartisan majority in May, and an extension of another $11.2 billion. It is still to be approved.

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