Biden now wants billions more for Ukraine and COVID. He must think we forgot about one of his last transactions in Ukraine.
In 2015, Ukrainian prosecutor Victor Shokin was looking into Burisma, an oil and gas company where Hunter Biden was on the Board. Joe Biden later bragged how he got Shokin stopped from further investigating Hunter and Burisma. Biden withheld a billion in aid to get Shokin fired and he bragged about it.
Now Biden wants more. This time Biden says it’s for COVID and Ukraine. FOX News reports:
Officials say more money is needed for antibody treatments, preventative pills and to fund testing sites.
“From the COVID side, the bank account is empty,” COVID-19 deputy coordinator Natalie Quillian said. “We’re in conversations with lawmakers about how to secure the funding, but it’s urgently needed.” Some of the consequences could be felt later this month.
“This is an urgent request and this is what is at stake in our fight against COVID,” White House press secretary Jen Psaki told reporters on Friday.
A request sent to Congress from the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) seeks $22.5 billion in immediate COVID-19 response needs with an ask for $10 billion to provide support to Ukraine following Russia’s invasion.