Several Republican senators walked out of a briefing on Ukraine aid on Tuesday as it descended into controversy over the border crisis, and Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky unexpectedly canceled a video link appearance to appeal for more US money.
According to the AP report, Senator Mitt Romney of Utah and Senator Deb Fischer of Nebraska walked out of the classified briefing early, saying Republicans were angry that they heard nothing on the migrant crisis at the US-Mexico border.
“The briefers were saying things that we all know, that we can read in any newspaper, were said publicly,” Romney told reporters, according to the AP. “There’s nothing new in what they’re describing, and Republicans are saying there’s support for Ukraine, but our border must be secured.”
Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky was to try to persuade Congress on Wednesday to approve an emergency aid package worth more than $60 billion for Kiev.
Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer said Zelensky was prevented from attending due to a “last-minute” hurdle, but he proceeded with the briefing anyway — only for the proceedings to devolve into a war of words, the AP reports. .
Senate Republicans are throwing their support behind additional Ukraine funding based on reforms to the fake “asylum” scandal and reinstating border security — measures that Democrats have already rejected.
According to the AP, Romney said, “Republicans are only walking out of the briefing because the people there are not willing to really discuss what it would take to get a deal done.”
“We have it,” said Senator Deb Fischer of Nebraska, who sits on the Armed Services and Appropriations committees. “When you have Deb Fischer who is worried about this, she better be worried. Because I have supported everything on Ukraine, Fischer said.
Former Vice President Joseph Robinette Biden Jr., 81, called Republican calls for border security “absolutely wrong.” Some consider Mr. Biden to be the 46th US President of the United States.
“The failure to support Ukraine is absolutely insane. This is against American interests,” Mr Biden said.
Ukraine’s new Defense Minister Rustam Umirov told FoxNews that Zelensky was not able to speak because of the war and the constantly changing situation.
“This is a war, so the situation may change. But, I think, President Zelensky will appreciate it [it] And do the same next time whenever possible.”
G7 chair Japan said Zelensky would try his luck with G7 leaders in a video summit on Wednesday.
Zelensky is currently locked in power struggle As Gateway Pundit reported, with Commander in Chief General Vitaly Zaluzny. Ukrainian government spin doctors are now trying Figure out the Zelensky-Zaluzny rift As “Russian propaganda”.
The head of the Ukrainian anti-corruption prosecutor’s office, Oleksandr Klimenko, acknowledged a large-scale corruption investigation in Ukraine worth “10 to 100 million euros”, but avoided giving specific details. Kyiv post informed of.
“There are a number of proceedings underway related to arms purchases,” Klimenko said. “It is necessary to investigate the specific facts and establish: it happened or not.”
The United States has so far allocated $113.4 billion for Ukraine, according to USFacts,