Johnson, McConnell demand Biden explanation on delay in sending weapons to Israel

Speaker Mike Johnson and Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell are leaning on President Joe Biden to explain any delay in sending weapons to Israel after the two collaborated on a bipartisan foreign aid bill last month.

In a rare joint letter from the two Republican leaders, Johnson and McConnell said “security assistance to Israel is an urgent priority that must not be delayed.”

“These recent press reports and pauses in critical weapons shipments call into question your pledge that your commitment to Israel’s security remain ironclad,” the two GOP leaders wrote.

They asked Biden to respond by the end of the week to questions about the timing of a review of weapons shipments, whether other shipments will be paused and “most importantly when the review is anticipated to end to all this vital assistance to move forward.”