Officials at the State Department and the White House argued that giving Germany the political cover it sought to send its tanks outweighed the Defense Departments reluctance, the officials said.
And as it turned out, American officials were able to move Abrams tanks to Ukraine faster than expected.
Defense officials said they moved quickly to expedite the delivery, and now say that they believe the tanks can be used in combat in a few months.
I am confident that this equipment, and the training that accompanies it, will put Ukraines forces in position to succeed on the battlefield, Mr.
General Milley said the M1 tanks coming to Germany are training tanks, so they are not combat ready.
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