President Joe Biden on Thursday took advantage of House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy’s recent comments to question future aid to Ukraine, saying the position undermines the US role – and leadership – in an increasingly volatile world.
“If they win, they probably won’t fund, support, Ukraine, continue to fund the war in Ukraine against the Russians,” Biden said in Philadelphia for Pennsylvania Senate candidate John Fetterman, according to the press release. the swimming pool “These guys don’t understand. It is much bigger than Ukraine, it is Eastern Europe. It’s NATO. The consequences are real, serious, serious. They have no sense of American foreign policy.’
Earlier, Biden and Fetterman were at Primanti Bros. near Pittsburgh. When they went to a sandwich shop, he also told reporters about future support: “Yeah, I’m worried because they said they were going to cut it.”
Biden, in his remarks – the Republican leader that Kyiv cannot expect a “blank check” for aid in the future – sought to expand the implications of Republican opposition or reluctance, linking it to the obvious concerns of America’s allies. The US was retreating from its role on the world stage after Donald Trump said he had raised the stakes for the midterm elections and beyond.
He highlighted the attack on the US Capitol on January 6, 2021 – and the GOP’s response to it – as an element that drives the anxiety of America’s allies.
“These guys from the other team don’t understand. They don’t understand that how America does will determine how the world does,” the president said, according to the pool. “We are considered leaders. They look at us… because they are not as big or as strong.’
The world, he said, “is watching this election, both the good guys and the bad guys, they want to see what’s going to happen.”
The Biden administration last week authorized an additional $725 million in security assistance for Ukraine as the country recovers from Russia’s recent missile attacks against civilian targets. The additional aid brought total US military aid to Ukraine through January 2021 to more than $18 trillion, according to Secretary of State Antony Blinken.