McConnell joins Biden and Democratic leaders to corner Johnson on Ukraine aid in ‘intense’ meeting

Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) joined President Joe Biden, Vice President Kamala Harris, and Democratic congressional leaders to corner House Speaker Mike Johnson (R-LA) in an “intense” White House meeting.

House Minority Leader Hakeem Jeffries (D-NY) and Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-NY) both told reporters that the meeting, meant to help avert a government shutdown, was unique for its intensity. The intensity came from the united front advocating immediate aid to Ukraine.

“The meeting on Ukraine was one of the most intense I’ve ever encountered in my many meetings in the Oval Office,” Schumer said.

He added that McConnell was the first to speak, followed by the four others.

The five “made it so clear how vital this was to the United States,” Schumer said. “This was so so important, and that we couldn’t
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