Republican Speaker of the House Kevin McCarthy (Calif.) made waves this week for turning down an invitation from Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky to visit Ukraine.
Instead, McCarthy took a stand against cutting “blank checks” to the war-torn country on the heels of America’s multi-billion dollar support of their war efforts.
“I will continue to get my briefings and others, but I don’t have to go to Ukraine or Kyiv to see it,” McCarthy told CNN’s Manu Raju. “And my point has always been, I won’t provide a blank check for anything.”
According to Fox News, the United States has doled out at least $200 billion in aid for Ukraine between January 2022 to November 2022.
In February, Joe Biden promised to send another $500 million in military aid to Ukraine, while U.S. Treasury Secretary Janet Yellen announced an additional $10 billion, as reported by RSBN.
In October 2022, then-House Minority Leader McCarthy vowed that American support for Ukraine “can’t be a blank check,” via American Wire News. His latest comments to CNN indicate that he has not changed his position as Speaker of the House.
Per Townhall, Zelensky told CNN’s Wolf Blitzer that it didn’t matter which side supported the war effort in Ukraine, as long as the support was “powerful and constant.”
This, of course, comes after the Ukrainian leader suggested that if Ukraine lost in their conflict with Russia, “The US will have to send their sons and daughters exactly the same way as we are sending our sons and daughters to war…because it’s NATO that we’re talking about, and they will be dying.”
Shortly after Republicans won the majority in the House, Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene, R-Ga., vowed that the GOP would implement a measure of congressional accountability again over the Biden administration’s unchecked support for Ukraine’s war efforts.
Per RSBN, she vowed, “No more blank checks to Ukraine. The @HouseGOP is committed to transparency for American taxpayers.”