The Pentagon this week refused to provide key details about the Biden administration’s request for an additional $37.7 billion in funding to help Ukraine defend itself from Russia’s invasion – a request that would put total U.S. taxpayer support to Ukraine above $100 billion since the war started in February.
The White House asked for more money last week in a letter from the Office of Management and Budget to House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif. That letter explained that of the $37.7 billion it wants, $21.7 billion would go toward “equipment for Ukraine, replenishment of Department of Defense stocks” and other support to Ukraine.
However, when asked Tuesday how much of that amount would be directed toward replenishing U.S. stocks, the Pentagon declined to answer.
“I would not be able to tell you how much of that $21.7 billion is going back to replenishment,” Sabrina Singh, deputy Pentagon press secretary, said when asked. “I just wouldn’t be able to do that from here.”
The Pentagon, led by Secretary of Defense Lloyd Austin, is not saying how much money it needs to replenish U.S. weapons stocks. (AP Photo/Alex Brandon)
When asked if she could