Former NATO chief on what’s at stake as U.S. debates military aid for Ukraine

Critical U.S. aid to Ukraine is still being held up in ongoing negotiations between Congress and the White House over funding for border security. Amna Nawaz spoke with former NATO Secretary General Anders Fogh Rasmussen about what this means as Russia’s war in Ukraine enters its third year. Read the Full Transcript Notice: Transcripts are machine and human generated and lightly edited for accuracy. They may contain errors. Amna Nawaz: As we reported earlier, critical aid to Ukraine is still being held up in ongoing negotiations over funding for border security. Earlier today, I spoke with former NATO Secretary-General Anders Fogh Rasmussen about what this means as Russia’s war in Ukraine enters its third year. Anders Fogh Rasmussen, thank you so much for being here. Welcome to the “NewsHour.” Anders Fogh Rasmussen, Former NATO Secretary-General: Thank you for having me. Amna Nawaz: So I want to ask you about U.S. lawmakers’ inability so far to reach a deal on immigration that would allow Ukraine aid to move forward. You have said previously you would advise Democrats to accommodate Republicans on the border, cut a deal, get the aid flowing. I know you’re meeting with House Freedom Caucus members tomorrow. What’s your advice to them? Anders Fogh Rasmussen: My advice would be to do what it takes to ensure that Ukraine wins the war against Russia, because it is detrimental for the U.S. national security interests if Russia wins this war. We cannot allow Putin any success in Ukraine. Amna Nawaz: There’s a very real chance that former President Donald Trump will be the Republican nominee, that he could win in November. If aid for Ukraine does not move forward under the Biden administration, do you believe it could move forward under President Trump? Anders Fogh Rasmussen: Yes, we don’t […]

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