Vice President Kamala Harris will lead the US delegation to the annual Munich Security Conference, the White House said Friday, as a sweeping defense aid package for Ukraine and Israel is stalled in Congress.

Secretary of State Antony Blinken, who has just returned from a trip to the Middle East, will also attend the forum next week, dubbed the Davos of Defense, which brings together top Western diplomats and military officials.

Harris will deliver a "major foreign policy speech" and hold several bilateral meetings with foreign leaders from February 15 to 17 to discuss support for Ukraine in its war against the Russian invasion and the situation in the Middle East, the White House said in a statement.

Joe Biden's White House has for months been negotiating with the Republican opposition in Congress on a $60 billion package for Ukraine as well as $14 billion for Israel's war against Hamas in Gaza.

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The US Senate moved one step closer to passing the package on Thursday, but its future remains uncertain due to strong opposition from right-wing allies of Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump.

EU leaders, meanwhile, last week finally overcame stalling by right-wing Hungarian leader Viktor Orban and gave the green light to 50 billion euros ($54 billion) in economic aid.

Some in Europe are concerned about the strength of Washington's support of Kyiv as well as the prospect of Trump, the likely Republican nominee in the November presidential election, returning to the White House.

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Kirby denied that US troops could be sent for demining, arms production or cyber operations, as French Foreign Minister Stephane Sejourne had suggested Western troops could be.

Every year, the Munich conference brings together the military elite from around the world and is seen as a barometer of transatlantic relations.

"Throughout her engagements, the Vice President will underscore the importance of sustaining US leadership, strengthening our alliances and partnerships, and defending international rules and norms," the White House statement said.

For his part, before heading to Munich, Blinken will visit Albania "to reaffirm the strength of the United States' relations with.. a key partner for stability in the Western Balkans."

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After decades of isolation under the communist regime of Enver Hoxha, the small Balkan country joined NATO in 2009 and is a candidate for EU membership.

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LM
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Can't wait for the word salad opening statement. Biden didn't want her as VP. DNC insisted. She checked the woke boxes but not really. She was a ruthless prosecutor with no sense of justice and she's East Indian more or less with some Caribbean mixed in. But she checks the female box and the bat$hit crazy in the rack box. Willie is dead but Montel Williams knows the truth.

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Mark
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One of her classic word salads coming right up.

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Carl Sandberg
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Mr, is it Mr Pussy? fuck off you cheap troll!

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ThoughtLife.God
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There’s been much talk recently about replacing Joe Biden as the DNC presidential candidate. But I guarantee you, it won't be Kamala Harris. Maybe California Governor Gavin Newsom or former First Lady Michelle Obama, maybe even Oprah (kidding) but no way will it be Kamala Harris. She is so utterly incompetent at her job…and she’s proven an inability to get any better. Harris cannot win a national election, she’s deeply unpopular, and she’s a failed executive.

It doesn't really matter who the DNC chooses. It will be Trump in November. Thank God!

If you want to know more about me,
Google: “ThoughtLife.God”

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ThoughtLife.God
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Kamala Harris to Lead US Delegation to Munich... That's a laugh.

She can't lead anything. Biden appointed her the 'border czar'. She claimed the southern border was secure. What? Are you kidding me? Kamala Harris has been a failure after failure. And now, Biden’s mental acuity is becoming an undeniable problem, Democrats will have to figure out what to do with a vice president who’s even more unpopular than him.

Kamala Harris a leader? ...as the headline suggest? A leader at what?

Kamala Harris, defies the laws of political physics by existing in two categories at the same time — she’s both actively disliked by voters and almost completely nonexistent when it comes to exerting any influence on policy or politics. I mean, what has she done as vice president? Anything at all? Can you name anything because I can't.

Next to Biden, Kamala Harris is the Democrats biggest mistake!

Kamala Harris can’t win a national election. She can't replace Biden. She simply cannot win on her own. Remember her doomed presidential bid in 2020?

Biden placed her on the ticket with him for only one reason. And not because she's a leader. Biden simply wanted a female of color on his ticket. He thought it would help him secure the black vote and maybe secure the votes of women. That's it! It wasn't because of her exceptional leadership skills or her savvy or her political acuity. She has none of those. Biden simply wanted to secure the black vote. That's it!

Google: “ThoughtLife.God”

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Joseph Swanson
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This seems appropriate. After all she has done a great job with the U.S. border she can now bring her expertise to Europe.

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Haley🌻
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Biden is finished🍳

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