White House blames Johnson and House GOP for ‘getting in the way’ of Ukraine-border deal

White House press secretary Karine Jean-Pierre went after House Speaker Mike Johnson (R-LA) and House Republican lawmakers on Tuesday for “getting in the way” of negotiations in the Senate on a deal linking new Ukraine aid to border security policy reforms.

President Joe Biden met with Johnson and the other “Big Four” congressional leaders at the White House last week, after which Johnson suggested a new openness to the still-in-progress bipartisan immigration reform proposals.

However, reports from over the weekend suggested that House hard-liners and former President Donald Trump are both pressing Johnson to kill any Ukraine-border deal that comes out of the Senate.

Asked about those reports during Tuesday’s White House press briefing, Jean-Pierre told reporters that Johnson and House Republicans must accept bipartisan proposals if they “really want to
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