“We’re obviously deeply concerned about this. We’ve got a few more weeks here,” John Kirby, a White House spokesman, said of securing aid for Ukraine. “There are a small number of Republicans that want to hold that aid hostage for some pretty extreme border policies that the president is not willing to talk about. That said, he did say we’re willing to negotiate in good faith.”
On Wednesday, the president implored Congress to put aside “petty, partisan, angry politics” and pass the $111 billion bill. He said failure to do so could enable President Vladimir V. Putin of Russia to reclaim momentum in the war.
President Volodymyr Zelensky of Ukraine has said he needs the U.S. funding to defend against Russia’s invasion. Mr. Kirby said Thursday that the White House was “not in a position to make that promise to Ukraine, given where things are on the Hill.”
Republicans, meanwhile, are calling attention to migration at the southwest border, which has topped 8,000 crossings a day in recent days — and become a major political liability for Mr. Biden.