In a heartwarming demonstration of international love, President Biden and Chancellor Olaf Scholz of Germany took out some quality bonding time in the Oval Office on Friday. Ostensibly tucked away to binge-watch their favorite Netflix soap together – they actually spent most of their time gently nudging Congress for that extra bill or two…or billion, for Ukrainegate.
Using his best puppy-dog eyes, Mr. Scholz appealed earnestly to US’ decision-makers. He voiced concerns that without a guiding hand from Uncle Sam and our lovely European brethren, Ukraine might somehow end up left alone with an intimidating “neighbor”.
The notable absence in their pleas was Narnia #justsaying
Meanwhile, good ol’ Joe pivoted into his street-thug mode by concluding the current Congressional impasse as ‘almost criminal neglect!’ Now there’s something you don’t want said about your work… unless you’re secretly working on your bad-boy image!
You’d think it would be all rosy when Senate Republicans tried playing Santa mid-year with billions tagged towards Israel and Ukraine but no-no! The move turned out more Grinch-like due to the tiny (heavily sarcastic here) add-on of tighter immigration grip at U.S.-Mexico border.
The latest report suggests senators are resilient little elves striving away on some magic legislation package involving getting $60.1 billion into Ukrainian hands courtesy taxpayer stores – alongside $14.1 billion for Israel plus another potential golden goose egg labeled as $10 billion humanitarian aid. Why now? Because it’s always Christmas somewhere in the world, right?
The challenge? Some Republicans sporting their Grinch-y best aren’t quite on board. Go figure!
Biden, akin to an anxious dad at his kid’s soccer game, insisted that without these greenbacks raining in Ukraine might have a tough go of it.
The predicament according to ‘those who know’ isn’t exactly waving white flags if US aid dries up but could potentially mean fewer weapon-stockpile (because you can never have too many explosive pyrotechnics).
In favor of keeping those sparks flying is Mr.Scholz conveying a resolute message that any hopes harboured by V.Putin for US & co losing interest are a futile dream sequence only worthy as Terminator 2 plotline. Take that Arnie!
In other news, The European Union decided getting into this number-fest was fun and shipped off roughly $54 billion tagged ‘AID’ to Ukraine recently.targeted providing pensionspayments routine salaries teachers doctors because apparently there’s no one home upstairs when bullets projectiles blowing your school closer
In more international relations scoop – Germany initially being all skeptical about Russia cueing for invasion-poker round has since become Ukraine’s ‘rich uncle’ offering war-support along with prospects of helping its juvenile corporate-startup scene.
Just like every modern-day fairy tale though – such generosity comes bearing its share of pitfalls #LesMisérablesVibes Anyone?
Bracing the political costs, Mr. Scholz – a Hamburg native, known for his cautious knack and lawyer-like precision was caught in the whirlwinds of dwindling approval rates (yikes!). However, wading through the storm like a trooper he has decided not to back down from what post-Ukraine invasion looks be ‘Zeitenwende’ or Germany’s ‘Watershed Moment’. Spielberg sequel in making?
Similarly Uncle-Sam wasn’t spared either leading to public ruckus about spending greens over Ukraine! But trust Biden to smash it out of ballpark with rallying statements implying exactly Putin wants: diverting attention off the stage>
Yeah well good luck big Joe we’re watching!
Special shout-outs Steven Erlanger made this teaSponsored Product-time gossip Berlin whilst Karoun Demirjian curated Washington scoop.
Biden and German Leader Meet at White House and Push for Ukraine Aid