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Q    Mr. President, will you meet with Speaker Johnson to try and negotiate the aid?
THE PRESIDENT:  Sure, I’d be happy to meet with him if he has anything to say.
Q    Mr. President, would you go as far as to say that Aleksey Navalny’s blood is on the hands of House Republicans right now?
THE PRESIDENT:  I wouldn’t use that term.  They’re making a big mistake not responding.
Look, the way they’re walking away from the threat of Russia, the way they’re walking away from NATO, the way they’re walking away from meeting our obligations, it’s just shocking.  I mean, they’re wild.  I’ve never seen anything like this.
Q    Do you think Navalny’s death will make any difference in nudging House Republicans to take up Ukraine aid?  They’re on the (inaudible) right now.
THE PRESIDENT:  I hope so.  But I’m not sure anything is going to change.
Q    Are you going to impose additional sanctions on Russia over Navalny’s death?
THE PRESIDENT:  We already have sanctions, but we’re considering additional sanctions, yes.
Thank you.

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