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On Monday, the Biden administration announced an additional $200 million in military aid to Ukraine. However, Americans are questioning the decision, especially as domestic issues, such as the recent wildfires and the urgent needs of regions such as Maui, Hawaii, have been left without any comment or direct action from Joe Biden. .

Vacationing Joe Biden on Sunday declined three requests from reporters asking him to speak to the American people about the devastating Maui wildfire that killed more than 100 people and nearly 1000 people had gone missing.

Biden spent the weekend at his vacation home in Rehoboth Beach, Delaware. On Sunday morning he passed reporters on his bike when asked about Maui, saying simply, “We’re watching it” and later when asked about Maui on his way out of the beach They said “no comment”. (TGP reporting by Christina Laila) Here And Here,

The new video aired on Monday but was taken on Sunday, in which Biden says, “No, no comment,” when asked about Maui, and then smiles and waves to reporters who are in the presidential SUV. Was begging for comment as soon as he sat down.

On Maui, New York Times reporter Kellen Browning reported that the slow, inadequate response by the Hawaiian and federal governments had left survivors sleeping outside and fending for their own safety:

“Most of the evacuees have found places to sleep in shelters or with friends. But according to Ryan Taylor, who founded the site, at least a few dozen people camped here last night in shady tents or under trees. The Ritz Carlton is apparently taking some of them tonight.”

“A group of local people in Honokowai were filling gas cans at their own expense to distribute to towns in need. Power is back in West Maui, some places have Starlink and cell towers are being installed. But where we were, there is still no large-scale government presence.”

On Monday the Department of Defense (DOD) announced an additional security assistance package to Ukraine.

From News release,

The package includes critical weapons for the Patriot air defense systems and High Mobility Artillery Rocket System supplied by the US, among other items.

The items are being provisioned as part of $6.2 billion in presidential drawdown authorization restored in June following a reassessment of the total value of items previously committed to Ukraine.

The latest round of assistance marks the 44th removal of equipment from the DoD inventory for Ukraine through August 2021.

The package underscores the United States’ continued commitment to providing Ukraine with the capabilities it needs to defend its territory.

Foreign Minister Antony J. “Russia started this war and can end it at any time by withdrawing its forces from Ukraine and stopping its brutal attacks,” Blinken said in a statement today. “Until that happens, the United States and our allies and partners will stand united with Ukraine for as long as it takes.”

The Biden administration has pledged more than $43 billion in security assistance to Ukraine since the start of Russia’s invasion in February 2022.

That aid includes more than 2,000 Stinger anti-aircraft systems, more than 10,000 Javelin anti-armor systems and more than 2 million 155-mm artillery rounds, among other items.

Assistance is provisioned through a reduction of existing US stocks and through the Ukraine Security Assistance Initiative, the authorization under which the US purchases capabilities from industry and partners.

In response to the effort to aid Ukraine, the US has increased production of the major artillery round most commonly used by Ukraine in support of its counter-offensive operations and in defending its territory against invading Russian forces.

Assistant Secretary of the Army for Acquisition, Logistics and Technology Douglas R. Bush said last week that the US is currently producing new artillery rounds at a rate of 24,000 per month and is on track to produce more than 80,000 rounds per month. next year.

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