More US aid for Ukraine’s war effort this year is hanging by a thread as Donald Trump and Mike Johnson, the Republican Speaker of the House, throw cold water on a potential deal in Congress linking more funding for Kyiv with stricter controls on immigration.
For weeks, negotiators in the Senate have tried to craft a bipartisan agreement on stricter measures at the southern border with Mexico, which Republicans had demanded in exchange for their support for more security assistance to Ukraine.
But Trump, who wants to make immigration central to his attacks on President Joe Biden in the 2024 presidential race, has opposed a compromise deal. His domination of the Republican primary this year has also increased his influence over the party, making it harder for lawmakers to accept a compromise. . . .