(Tony Sifert, Headline USA) President Joe Biden has once again flexed money muscle in the Ukraine, instructing Secretary of State Anthony Blinken to make $1 billion available to the struggling eastern European nation.
7.5% inflation and a supply chain crisis in the United States? No problem!
“The U.S. government is offering a sovereign loan guarantee to Ukraine of up to $1 billion to support its economic reform agenda and continued engagement with the International Monetary Fund (IMF),” the State Department said in a press release issued Monday.
This billion follows three other billions in sovereign loan guarantees the United States has made to Ukraine between 2014 and 2016 — all of which, State says, have “played a critical role in helping Ukraine successfully stabilize its economy amid previous Russian aggression.”
The State Department also sent $200 million worth of “lethal defensive security assistance” to Ukranian armed forces, which arrived on Jan. 22.
Biden’s administration is all-in, in other words, on selling the Russian aggression narrative and making the United States the arsenal of kleptocracy.
Ukranian President Volodymyr Zelensky immediately tweeted his gratitude.
“Strategic Partnership in actions [sic] – we are grateful to the United States for providing substantial financial support of $ 1 billion and $ 3 billion available for projects in Ukraine,” Zelensky wrote. “Thank you @POTUS for the quick decision and concrete results after our conversation!”
Biden is no stranger to dangling the odd billion over the heads of Ukranian politicians, having infamously threatened to withhold a $1 billion US loan guarantee during a December 2015 trip to Kiev, unless Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko fired a prosecutor investigating an energy company connected to his son, “influence actor” Hunter Biden.
“I looked at them and said: I’m leaving in six hours,” Biden bragged during a 2018 Council on Foreign Relations panel. “If the prosecutor is not fired, you’re not getting the money.”
“Well, son of a bitch. He got fired,” Biden said.
At the time, Prosecutor General Viktor Shokin was investigating Burisma Holdings — on whose board sat Hunter Biden from 2014-2019 — for corruption.
The New York Post revealed in October 2020 that Hunter Biden had introduced at least one of Burisma’s top executives to his father before the Vice President intervened.
“Dear Hunter, thank you for inviting me to DC and giving an opportunity to meet your father and spent [sic] some time together,” Vadym Pozharskyi, a Burisma executive, wrote in an email discovered on the younger Biden’s laptop.
Biden was allegedly paid $50,000 a year for his services, according to the Post.
Both Twitter and Facebook provided an in-kind contribution to the Biden 2020 presidential campaign by immediately banning distribution of the post story, and Twitter went so far as to suspend the Post’s Twitter account.
No similar service was provided by the MSM or Big Tech to President Trump, whose “nothingburger” telephone conversation with Ukranian President Zelensky resulted in his impeachment.