Samantha Power, US Agency for International Development administrator, assured that US assistance is properly being used to support Ukraine in the war.
“Up until this point, we don’t have any evidence that US assistance is being misused or misspent but, again, the key is not resting on anybody’s good will or virtue,” she said. “It’s checks and balances, the rule of law, the integrity of officials.”
For context: Power’s comments come as the Republican Party finds itself bitterly divided on Capitol Hill over whether the US should continue aiding Ukraine.
The topic of Ukraine funding will be front and center when both spending fights and presidential politics heat up later this year. Republicans are seeking to rein in spending across the federal government now that they control the House and will have leverage in negotiations to raise the nation’s debt ceiling, while conservatives on the campaign trail are looking to contrast their priorities against Biden’s in the prelude to the 2024 election cycle.
CNN’s Lauren Fox and Melanie Zanona contributed reporting.