Biden on GOP proposal that they can limit Ukraine funding: “They have no sense of American foreign policy”


President Joe Biden on Thursday seized on recent comments from House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy questioning future Ukraine aid, suggesting the position undermines America’s role — and leadership — in an increasingly unstable world.

“They said if they win, they probably won’t fund — to help — continue to fund Ukraine, the Ukrainian war against the Russians,” Biden said at a fundraiser in Philadelphia for Pennsylvania Senate candidate John Fetterman, according to the press pool. “These guys don’t get it. It’s much bigger than Ukraine – it’s Eastern Europe. It’s NATO. These are real, serious, serious consequences. They have no sense of American foreign policy.”

Earlier in the day, when Biden and Fetterman stopped by a Primanti Bros. sandwich shop near Pittsburgh, he similarly told reporters about future aid: “Yeah, I’m concerned about it because they said they were going to cut it.”

Biden, in his remarks – which came days after the Republican leader warned that Kiev cannot expect a “blank check” for aid in the future – sought to broaden the implications of Republican opposition or reluctance, tying it to tangible concerns of America’s allies that the United States was stepping back from its role on the world stage after Donald Trump, saying it was raising the stakes for the midterm elections and beyond.

He singled out the January 6, 2021 attack on the US Capitol – and the GOP’s response to it – as an element driving anxiety for America’s allies.

“These guys on the other team don’t get it. They don’t understand that the way America does is going to determine how the rest of the world does,” the president said, according to the pool. “They look at us as a leader. They look at us … because they are not that big or that strong.”

The world, he said, “is also watching this election, both the good and the bad out there, to see what, they want to see what’s going to happen.”

The Biden administration last week approved an additional $725 million in security aid to Ukraine as the country recovers from Russia’s recent barrage of missile attacks on civilian targets. The additional aid brought total U.S. military aid to Ukraine since January 2021 to more than $18 billion, according to Secretary of State Antony Blinken.

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