Greene uses McConnell’s lack of a bulletproof vest to question aid to Ukraine

Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene used Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell, who was not wearing a bulletproof vest in Kyiv, to question the need for aid to Ukraine.

McConnell led a delegation of senators to Ukraine’s capital on Saturday as the country continues to battle Russian invasion. It is the latest show of solidarity from US leaders who have overwhelmingly consolidated their support in Ukraine.

The US Embassy in Kyiv shared video of the delegation, in which Republican Senators John Barrasso, Susan Collins and John Cornyn met with Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy. The meeting comes as a $40 billion aid package for Ukraine is currently being delayed in the Senate.

Greene, a Republican from Georgia, seemed to wonder why the help was necessary, given that the senators were not wearing safety gear such as bulletproof vests or helmets when they met Zelenskyy.

“Note that US elected politicians like @SpeakerPelosi and @LeaderMcConnell can visit Zelensky in Ukraine without bulletproof vests/helmets or fear of the threat of war while eagerly giving billions to fund their proxy war with Russia,” she tweeted on Saturday.

She continued: “2. If conditions in Ukraine were so severe that the US would send $54 billion, then our top leaders would not be able to go.”

Marjorie Taylor Greene questions Ukraine's military aid
GOP Representative Marjorie Taylor Greene of Georgia used Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell, who was not wearing a bulletproof vest in Kyiv, to question the need for sending military aid to Ukraine. Above, Greene speaks at a rally on April 30th.
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However, some were quick to point out that the senators are likely not wearing riot gear because they met with Zelenskyy in Kyiv, where fighting is no longer concentrated.

“First some geography lessons. A similar risk would arise if Savannah, Georgia was attacked and they visited Atlanta. They were over 250 miles from the front lines.
And yes, America has a heart. When we deal with refugees, we feed their children. Got a problem with that?” wrote one Twitter user @MichaelVSmith7.

Upon reaching news weeka spokesman for Greene dismissed the criticism as coming from anonymous social media profiles.

At the beginning of the war, the Kyiv area was the scene of some fierce fighting, which included attacks on civilians. However, the failure of the Russian military to make any substantial gains in taking the capital forced them to retreat. Fighting is now concentrated in the eastern part of Ukraine, including the Donbass region, which Russia says it wants to “liberate”.

Intense fighting is still ongoing along Ukraine’s eastern border, prompting many US leaders to call for more military assistance to help the country continue its defences. The aid passed the House of Representatives, although 57 Republicans, including Greene, voted against it.

Aid would include $9 billion for replenishment of US equipment sent to Ukraine, $900 million for refugee assistance and $54 million for medical assistance. However, Sen. Rand Paul, a Republican from Kentucky, blocked passage of the aid on Thursday, raising concerns about the impact it would have on the economy.

He disagreed with unanimous approval, meaning a vote will be postponed to a later date, possibly sometime next week when it’s likely to pass the Senate.

https://www.newsweek.com/greene-uses-mcconnells-lack-bulletproof-vest-question-ukraine-aid-1706693 Greene uses McConnell’s lack of a bulletproof vest to question aid to Ukraine

Rick Schindler

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