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Bipartisan Sens Press Trump for $250M Aid for Ukraine

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By    |   Tuesday, 03 September 2019 10:42 PM

The Senate's Ukraine caucus is pressing the Trump administration to release $250 million in aid for Ukraine meant to heed off Russian attacks, Defense One reports.

The caucus, a group of three Democrats and two Republicans, sent a letter to White House acting chief of staff Mick Mulvaney to express their concerns about the funds.

The funding "has helped Ukraine develop the independent military capabilities and skills necessary to fend off the Kremlin's continued onslaughts within its territory," said Sens. Jeanne Shaheen, D-N.H., Dick Durbin, R-Ill., and Richard Blumenthal, D-Conn., Rob Portman, R-Ohio, and Ron Johnson, R-Wis.

"U.S.-funded security assistance has already helped turn the tide in this conflict, and it is necessary to ensure the protection of the sovereign territory of this young country, going forward," they added.

The Trump administration last week asked U.S. officials to review the funding to make sure it is being used in the best interest of the United States, a move that did not sit well with lawmakers on Capitol Hill.

There is "an at least temporary effect," Rep. Tom Malinowski, D-N.J., who sits on the House Foreign Affairs Committee, told Politico. "The bigger problem is that Trump is once again showing himself to be an asset to Russia."

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Making a call for $250 million in aid for Ukraine is the Senate's Ukraine caucus, according to Defense One.
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