Sen­ate Ukraine brief­ing descends into chaos ahead of major vote on aid

Senate Ukraine briefing descends into chaos ahead of major vote on aid

Sen­ate Repub­li­cans abrupt­ly left a clas­si­fied brief­ing on Ukraine on Tues­day after an explo­sive argu­ment broke out among sen­a­tors over bor­der talks, which top GOP lead­ers are insist­ing must be includ­ed in any sup­ple­men­tal leg­is­la­tion to gain their sup­port.
The last-ditch appeal to sen­a­tors for tens of bil­lions more in emer­gency fund­ing for Ukraine went off the rails ear­li­er in the day after Sen­ate Major­i­ty Leader Chuck Schumer (D‑NY) said Ukrain­ian Pres­i­dent Volodymyr Zelen­sky would be unable to attend the brief­ing via con­fi­den­tial video call, arranged at the direc­tion of Biden admin­is­tra­tion offi­cials.
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The closed-door brief­ing with Sec­re­tary of State Antony Blinken, Sec­re­tary of Defense Lloyd Austin, Chair­man of the Joint Chiefs of Staff C.Q. Brown, and U.S. Agency for Inter­na­tion­al Devel­op­ment Deputy Admin­is­tra­tor Iso­bel Cole­man comes ahead of a crit­i­cal test vote on $110.5 bil­lion of nation­al secu­ri­ty sup­ple­men­tal fund­ing on Wednes­day.
The brief­ing descend­ed into …