Speaker Johnson squeezed from all sides as Washington pursues border deal

Speaker Mike Johnson (R-LA) is under immense pressure to accept a deal on the border in exchange for additional funding for Ukraine.

He was among the only Ukraine skeptics in the room on Wednesday as President Joe Biden’s advisers underscored the “critical importance” of the aid in a meeting with congressional leaders at the White House.

But Johnson also risks angering the House conservatives who pose a direct threat to his speakership if he does not secure a complete about-face from the president on his border policies.

Johnson is naturally inclined to side with those conservatives who have grown tired of the war with Russia as it enters its third year. He voted against Ukraine aid repeatedly as a rank-and-file member.

But since assuming the speakership in October, Johnson has signaled he wants to get to “yes” on a deal.

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