U.S. Senate Reaches Agreement on Ukraine Aid Amid Trump's Criticism

Written by Henrik Rothen

Feb.05 - 2024 9:56 PM CET

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U.S. Senate Reaches Agreement on Ukraine Aid Amid Trump's Criticism.

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The U.S. Senate, after months of negotiations, announced early Monday that an agreement has been reached on a new aid package for Ukraine. This package, endorsed by President Joe Biden, includes $60 billion in support for Ukraine, marking a significant development in U.S. foreign assistance.

The deal, which emerged after prolonged discussions, represents a compromise with considerable concessions from the Democrats, notably including $20 billion aimed at bolstering the southern U.S. border's security.

These concessions have been described as a major victory for the Republicans, who have pushed for stricter measures at the Mexican border.

According to reports from AFP, the package contains several provisions that Democrats would typically oppose, such as limiting the president's authority to admit refugees on humanitarian grounds, enabling faster dismissal of asylum applications, and allowing states to close border crossings under specific circumstances, like the arrival of 5,000 migrants in a single day.

Former President Donald Trump, a key figure in the Republican Party and a likely candidate in the next presidential election, has voiced his opposition to the aid package. Through a post on his social media platform Truth Social, Trump called on House Republicans to vote against the proposal, criticizing the inclusion of foreign aid with border and immigration policy.

"Do not be STUPID! We need a separate border and immigration package. It should not be tied to foreign aid in any way, shape, or form!" he stated, declaring the bill a "massive gift to the Democrats and a death sentence for the Republican Party."

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With the Senate set to hold the initial vote on the package on Wednesday, the prospects of the proposal becoming law seem dim. The Republican majority in the House and Trump's influential stance within the party suggest significant opposition to the legislation, potentially thwarting a political victory for Biden and the Democrats ahead of the November election, as per AFP reports.

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