Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell Brings Republican Senators on Trip to Ukraine

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Posted: May 15, 2022 4:45 PM
Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell Brings Republican Senators on Trip to Ukraine

Source: Instagram, Zelenskiy_Official

On Saturday, POLITICO Playbook and CNN revealed that Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) visited Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy with a delegation of Republican senators, including Sens. Susan Collins (ME), John Barrasso (WY), and John Cornyn (TX). 

Zelenskyy posted photos and video footage from his Facebook and Instagram accounts about the meeting.

The official website of the President of Ukraine explained more about the meeting, which touched upon more aid and more sanctions:

The President noted the special role of the United States in increasing sanctions pressure on Russia. In particular, he stressed the adoption by the United States Congress of laws banning the import of Russian oil and the suspension of trade relations with Russia and Belarus.

Also, according to him, it is especially important to increase the sanctions pressure on the banking sector of the aggressor country.

"I look forward to the United States' support for further sanctions. In addition, we believe that Russia should be officially recognized as a state - sponsor of terrorism," said Volodymyr Zelenskyy.

The President thanked the United States for its leadership in supporting Ukraine.

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Volodymyr Zelenskyy also expressed hope that the US Senate will promptly approve a package of additional funding to support the Ukrainian people, which has already been considered in the House of Representatives and increased from $ 33 billion up to $ 39.6 billion.

McConnell's office also released a statement, calling the meeting "an honor." It also noted that "Ukraine is not asking anybody else to fight their fight. They only ask for the tools they need for self-defense." McConnell called on other allies to step up as well. "It is also essential that America not stand alone. Our allies and partners must continue to step up and do their part."

The statement closed by noting that "It is squarely in our national interest to help Ukraine achieve victory in this war and to help Ukraine and other countries deter other wars of aggression before they start."

First Lady Jill Biden has also met with Zelenskyy. Democratic elected officials have likewise made such a trip, including House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (CA).

Zelenskyy thanked Pelosi over Twitter for the $40 billion aid that had passed the U.S. House of Representatives. 

While the aid has indeed passed the House, it failed to pass with unanimous consent in the U.S. Senate, as Sen. Rand Paul (R-KY) is concerned about oversight. 

McConnell has indicated that he expects the Senate to consider the aid in a vote on Wednesday. 

President Joe Biden has still not made such a trip, though, despite Zelenskyy's past statements expressing hope that he will. 

With McConnell's visit to Ukraine, both sides of the aisle have now been criticized for not doing more when it comes to our own southern border to deal with the crisis there. 

There were some of the more polite comments towards McConnell, as others accused him of being a "traitor."