German Chancellor Visits White House, Biden Reaffirms NATO support for Ukraine
WASHINGTON, D.C. - President Joe Biden announced a new wave of aid for Ukraine. Sending more weapons and ammo to them. However, this announcement comes at a time when allies are getting more concerned about the war.
“This package includes more ammunition for US provided howitzers that Ukraine is using so effectively to defend itself as well as ammunition for Bradly infantry fighting, armored vehicles munition, munitions and equipment,” said White House Press Secretary Karine Jean-Pierre.
Biden’s recent trip to Kyiv reassured Ukrainian president Volodymyr Zelensky that the Americans stand with Ukraine, but back at home in the U.S., there are growing talks of taxpayer fatigue about sending more money and aid to Ukraine. While many democratic lawmakers still support sending aid, some republicans said they stand with Ukraine and believe in Ukraine’s right to sovereignty but they too are questioning if the U.S. should continue to contribute to Ukraine's defenses.
Reports from The New York Times and other outlets suggest that there’s a growing concern among allies about how the war could shift if China steps in to help Russia. German Chancellor Olaf Scholz addressed the German parliament on this, calling on China to instead use their influence in Moscow to press for the withdrawal of Russian troops and do not supply weapons to Russia.
Scholz and Biden are meeting at the White House. The president is trying to squash any doubts about Germany and our allies from veering off course.
“Together we’ve worked in lockstep to provide critical security assistance to Ukraine,” said Biden. “From everything we’ve done in a lockstep. Ammunition, artillery, armored tanks, air defense systems, we’ve banded together throughout this. We've helped Ukraine make its basic needs like food, health, heating, and you’ve continued to maintain the pressure on Putin. And it is undercutting his ability to fight this war. As NATO allies, we’re making the alliance stronger and more capable.”
In brief remarks in front of the press, Scholz reaffirmed a good working relationship between our two countries especially with helping Ukraine. But that relationship was definitely tested not too long ago when European members and the U.S. put pressure on Germany to send tanks to Ukraine. Germany finally did agree to send tanks, but the U.S. had to also send tanks, too.