Volodymyr Zelenskyy heavily relies on aid from the United States. But now that might be in jeopardy.
And Ukraine President Zelenskyy is in a rage after being rejected by Congress.
President Zelenskyy is in the U.S. to meet with Joe Biden and to request $24 billion in American aid.
Zelenskyy also plans on meeting with House Speaker Kevin McCarthy (R-CA) and House Minority Leader Hakeem Jeffries (D-NY).
The Ukrainian President had also originally planned to speak in front of a joint session of Congress to likely justify his reasoning for asking the U.S. for $24 billion.
Thankfully, McCarthy shut that idea down and is not allowing Zelenskyy to give a speech.
“Is Zelenskyy elected to Congress? Is he our president? I don’t think I have to commit anything and I think I have questions for him,” the House Speaker said.
“Where’s the accountability on the money we’ve already spent? What is the plan for victory? I think that’s what the American public wants to know.”
While McCarthy is concerned with how America’s foreign aid is being spent in Ukraine, he still plans on including funding to Ukraine in the Continuing Resolution which must be passed by the end of the month in order to avoid a government shutdown.
Other Republicans, however, are firmly against giving another cent to Ukraine.
Senator Rand Paul (R-KY) and Congresswoman Marjorie Taylor Greene (R-GA) are going to block any funding that is suggested for the European nation.
In a post on X (formerly Twitter), Senator Paul announced his disapproval of more Ukraine funding, saying, “Today I’m putting congressional leadership & @POTUS on notice that I will oppose any effort to hold the federal government hostage for Ukraine funding. I will not consent to expedited passage of any spending measure that provides any more US aid to Ukraine.”
Today I'm putting congressional leadership & @POTUS on notice that I will oppose any effort to hold the federal government hostage for Ukraine funding. I will not consent to expedited passage of any spending measure that provides any more US aid to Ukraine.…
— Rand Paul (@RandPaul) September 20, 2023
But public criticism from lawmakers in Washington, D.C. won’t deter President Zelenskyy from continually asking for money.
By the end of the week, Zelenskyy will have met with Senator Chuck Schumer (D-NY) and Senator Mitch McConnell (R-KY), both of whom support the United States’ role in helping Ukraine through financial aid.
“Without aid, Ukraine could run a very strong risk of being defeated,” Schumer said.
Kevin McCarthy has the right idea in not allowing Volodymyr Zelenskyy to address Congress.
Both every-day citizens and lawmakers in America are growing fatigue with Ukraine’s constant begging for money.
Not only that, but they are sick and tired of leaders like Joe Biden, Mitch McConnell and Chuck Schumer, prioritizing Ukraine over domestic issues that currently plague the U.S.
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