Zelenskyy turns to Europe for aid as Trump bashes US funding package

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Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy is readying a circuit of Western European countries to push for assistance against Russia arsenic support for further assistance package wanes successful nan U.S.

Zelenskyy's trip coincides pinch nan Munich Security Conference successful Germany, but nan leader will besides sojourn Paris and Berlin, Bloomberg News reported. The specifications of Zelenskyy's travel person yet to beryllium afloat finalized.

His attraction toward Western Europe comes arsenic erstwhile President Trump has thrown his weight against sending further subject assistance to Ukraine. Trump called connected Republicans to artifact a $95 cardinal package that would supply assistance to Ukraine and Israel, pinch Kyiv getting nan lion's share.

Trump's move goes backmost to his longstanding distaste for NATO and his belief that galore of nan group's members are not paying their adjacent stock for security. This weekend, he suggested that he would let Russia to invade countries that weren't paying their afloat information dues.

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"NATO was busted until I came along," Trump said Saturday. "I said, ‘Everybody’s gonna pay.' They said, ‘Well, if we don’t pay, are you still going to protect us?' I said, 'Absolutely not.' They couldn't judge nan answer."

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The erstwhile U.S. president said "one of nan presidents of a large country" erstwhile asked him whether nan U.S. would still take sides their state if they were invaded by Russia, moreover if they did not pay.

"No, I would not protect you," Trump recalled telling that country's leader. "In fact, I would promote them to do immoderate nan hellhole they want. You sewage to pay. You sewage to salary your bills."

Despite Trump's opposition, nan assistance package made it retired of nan Senate pinch a ballot of 70 to 29.

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The measure faces much problems successful nan GOP-controlled House of Representatives, however, wherever Trump holds much sway pinch lawmakers.

Fox News' Landon Mion contributed to this report