Republican leadership is reacting to Russia's unacceptable invasion of Ukraine. Senate Republican Leader Mitch McConnell stated:
Going forward, as I’ve said before, the United States and NATO must redouble our material support for Ukraine’s resistance, further shore up our allies, get serious about energy independence, and invest in the capabilities needed for long-term military competition with Russia and China. Here in Congress, upcoming defense spending measures will provide an opportunity to lead by example.
Moving forward, how America leads the response from all freedom-loving nations will be measured carefully by our friends, by our adversaries, and by history itself. We cannot afford to fail this test.
House Republican Leader Kevin McCarthy added:
My statement on Russia's invasion of Ukraine: pic.twitter.com/EWa0i6I74Q— Kevin McCarthy (@GOPLeader) February 24, 2022
Other Republican congressional leaders also weighed in.
Ranking Members @RepMikeRogersAL @RepMcCaul @RepMikeTurner: "The last few hours have laid bare for the world to witness the true evil that is Vladimir Putin. Today, we stand resolute with the Ukrainian people..."— Armed Services GOP (@HASCRepublicans) February 24, 2022
Read the full statement ⬇️https://t.co/txCx985ryB pic.twitter.com/Q2Vf4V5FaV
Pray for Ukraine. May God bless its brave citizens.— Rep. Jim Jordan (@Jim_Jordan) February 24, 2022
There is only one group of people responsible for the tragedies unfolding – Putin and his cronies. Europe must act with strength and resolve to prevent risking a wider conflict, and the U.S. must support our NATO allies and freedom loving people in this moment of extreme peril. pic.twitter.com/LWevHQf7v1— Senator Ron Johnson (@SenRonJohnson) February 24, 2022
🚨🚨🚨@RepJamesComer condemns Putin's unprovoked and lethal attack against the sovereign nation of Ukraine.— Oversight Committee Republicans (@GOPoversight) February 24, 2022
In the battle between tyranny and freedom, freedom must always win.
President Biden must immediately impose the strongest sanctions possible and Congress should pass the NYET Act to cripple Russia’s financial sector and make Putin regret his terrible decision.— Senator Pat Toomey (@SenToomey) February 24, 2022
(Senator Toomey will join RNLA for a special luncheon on Wednesday, March 2nd in Washington, D.C. Register here today.)
On Thursday afternoon, President Joe Biden addressed the country for a second time this week regarding the ongoing situation of Ukraine:
President Biden on Thursday made clear that he believes Russian President Vladimir Putin's goal is to revive the Soviet Union through conquest.
"Putin has much larger ambitions than Ukraine," Biden said. "He wants to, in fact, re-establish the former Soviet Union. That is what this is about."
Biden spoke of “Putin’s desire for empire, by any means necessary" and repeatedly dodged questions on sanctioning Putin directly.
The President's remarks did little to inspire confidence.
“Let’s check back in a month.” - President Biden— Rep. Nancy Mace (@RepNancyMace) February 24, 2022
Joe Biden smirks and laughs while the world watches.— Virginia Foxx (@virginiafoxx) February 24, 2022
“I have no idea what [Putin’s] threatening.” -@JoeBiden— House Judiciary GOP (@JudiciaryGOP) February 24, 2022
We know, Joe.
The strength of Republican leaders provides a stark contrast to the weakness of the Biden Administration. Our thoughts and prayers are with the Ukrainian people as Russia's invasion continues.