Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky will address a joint session of Congress Wednesday night, according to reports. This will be the first trip outside Ukraine for President Zelensky since Russia invaded that country on February 24. He is expected to thank the United States for its support…and ask for more.
Though some voices on the right are against providing aid to Ukraine:
In case you haven’t heard, our government wants to send yet another $47 billion to Ukraine.
— Lauren Boebert (@laurenboebert) December 20, 2022
I think it is safe to say that most of the GOP recognizes the danger to the existing European political system of allowing Russia to demand the right to control the domestic and foreign policy of its neighbors and invade them if they don’t kowtow.
McConnell: "Providing assistance for Ukrainians to defeat the Russians is the number one priority for the United States right now according to most Republicans. That's how we see the challenges confronting the country at the moment." pic.twitter.com/NPmzWRzoz1
— Greg Price (@greg_price11) December 20, 2022
Because a lot of folks are taking the McConnell clip completely out of context, here is what he said:
For the real inside scoop, you can always tune into what Scott “Chester the Molester” Ritter has to say:
Sorry, wrong clip.
Scott Ritter knows more about 6-year-old girls than he knows about Ukraine or intelligence.
— streiff (@streiffredstate) December 20, 2022
That President Zelensky feels secure enough from internal threats and from the Russian armed forces to make this trip speaks positively about the security situation.
My guess is that Zelensky will press for access to ATACMS missiles to put Russian rear areas at risk and for the United States to release M1 Abrams tanks, forcing the hand of German Chancellor Scholz, who has said Germany would not be the first country to provide Ukraine with modern tanks.
We’ll have more of a feeling about what transpired by the time my update rolls on Thursday.