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Marion McKeone: Wars allow Biden to polish up international statesman image

Whether he’s walking through Kyiv with Volodymyr Zelenskyy or on the ground in Israel, the US president has a chance to appear active, engaged and influential

US President Joe Biden Israel Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu meet in Tel Aviv. Picture: Getty

On the US domestic front, the impasse that has paralysed the US Congress for three weeks ended with the unanimous election of ‘Maga Mike’ Johnson as speaker by House Republicans. This means that Biden’s request for $14 billion in aid for Israel, which is linked to a request for $61 billion in aid for Ukraine, a move that has bipartisan support in the US Senate, will finally receive some momentum. However, it is unclear that ...