Although Congress passed a continuing resolution over the weekend to keep the federal government running without additional aid to Ukraine, the U.S. will "soon" help Kyiv again.
White House press secretary Karine Jean-Pierre made the announcement during Monday's press briefing.
"There is strong, very strong international coalition behind Ukraine, and if Putin thinks he can outlast us, he's wrong," Jean-Pierre said. "So, we will have another package of aid for Ukraine soon to signal our continued support for the brave people of Ukraine. And so that's our message. If he thinks he can outlast us, that is Mr. [Vladimir] Putin, we believe he's wrong."
The U.S. has given Ukraine $113 billion in military, financial, and humanitarian aid since Russia's invasion in February 2022. The latest aid package is expected to be announced this week, Politico reported Monday, citing an unnamed U.S. official.
President Joe Biden in August requested $40 billion in emergency funding from Congress, including $24 billion for Ukraine and $12 billion to replenish the Federal Emergency Management Association's disaster relief fund.
After the continued resolution passed Congress on Saturday without additional funds for Ukraine, Biden pressed lawmakers to pass a funding bill as soon as possible.
"We cannot under any circumstances allow American support for Ukraine to be interrupted," Biden said Saturday in a news release. "I fully expect [House Speaker Kevin McCarthy, R-Calif.] will keep his commitment to the people of Ukraine and secure passage of the support needed to help Ukraine at this critical moment."
Michael Katz is a Newsmax reporter with more than 30 years of experience reporting and editing on news, culture, and politics.
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