Democrats and Republicans give lukewarm support to Biden’s plan to deploy 50,000 troops near Ukraine
Republicans demand that Russia de-escalate as both sides push for sanctions and try to prevent US troops from being sent to Ukraine after reports that President Biden is considering sending up to 50,000 troops to the Baltic region.
What is happening to Russia and Ukraine would never have happened under the Trump administration. Not even a possibility!’ Former President Donald Trump issued a statement Monday.
Both Democrats and Republicans have publicly pressured Biden to apply sanctions against the Kremlin now rather than wait to act until Russia invades Ukraine.
Democrat Representative Frank Pallone tweeted Sunday: “Putin needs to know that if Russia invades Ukraine, the House will soon pass legislation to impose sanctions on Russia. The United States and our allies will support Ukraine in the Russian aggression.”
He referred to Democrats on the House Foreign Affairs Committee who last week introduced a bill accompanying the Defending Ukraine Sovereignty Act of 2022 that would impose sanctions on Russia as it gets closer to invading Ukraine.
Republican Representative Lisa McClain of Michigan tweeted Monday: “President Biden allows Russia to invade Ukraine by just talking and taking no action.”
Republicans and Democrats alike have been lukewarm against the Joe Biden strategy with Russia as it moves closer to invading Ukraine. The president returns to the White House Monday morning after spending a weekend at Camp David in Maryland
Democratic Rep. Frank Pallone said the US is ready to impose sanctions if Russia invades – but Biden is considering much tougher measures as he considers deploying as many as 50,000 US troops in the Baltic region and Eastern European countries bordering Ukraine
Republican Pat Fallon Demanded Government Immediate Sanctions
Former President Donald Trump insisted the situation with Russia ‘would never have happened’ under his administration
“It’s time to stop making America weak and show leadership.”
On Sunday, Face the Nation host Margaret Brennan asked Homeland Security Committee ranking member Michael McCaul: “You’ve heard the secretary say that if he leverages sanctions now, he’s giving up an important bit of deterrence. Don’t you agree?’
“I don’t agree at all,” replied the Texan Republican. “I think this has been a passive deterrent, right? Not me. I don’t see Putin changing his course. It gets very aggressive.’
‘The noose around Ukraine is tightening. President [Volodymyr] As you said, Zelensky said he wants the sanctions now,” McCaul continued on Sunday. “We can always revoke the sanctions if it deters Putin’s bad behavior, but if you reward that and there are no consequences, then it will go ahead. And I think all along there are so many things we can do to provide deterrence if we don’t do this.”
“The plan of action I’ve seen in classified space, but also very specific, very aggressive, is timetable. If we don’t do something strong now, I’m afraid he’s going to invade Ukraine, which, as the secretary said, will prove he’s right and I think you and I did. It will have worldwide consequences here.’
Representative Elise Stefanik, the Republican Republican’s No. 3 in the House, slammed Biden for suggesting less severe measures would be taken if Russia made a “minor incursion” into Ukraine. She tweeted Monday: ‘There is no such thing as a petty raid – any attempt to encroach on a sovereign nation is an invasion’
Republican Senator Marsha Blackburn said Biden’s comments ‘gave Russia the green light to invade’
Texas Republican Representative Pat Fallon, who is a member of the Armed Services Committee, said Biden should have already imposed sanctions on Russia.
“We should punish Russia yesterday – not tomorrow, not next week, but now!” he tweeted on Sunday.
The lukewarm tweets about Biden’s strategy on Russia come after a report emerged over the weekend that the president is considering deploying up to 50,000 troops to Eastern Europe and the Baltic countries.
Representative Elise Stefanik, the Republican Republican No. 3 in the House, tweeted Monday: “There is no such thing as a petty raid — any attempt to encroach on a sovereign nation is an invasion. Russia must accept and immediately de-escalate Ukraine’s sovereignty.”
Democrat Senator Chris Murphy claimed that while the US “can and should do more” to help Ukraine, he also said that “no country has done more to help Ukraine defend itself than the US”
A cargo plane was pictured in Ukraine after it was believed to have delivered 80 tons of weapons
Ukraine’s Defense Minister Oleksii Reznikov also tweeted on Sunday a photo of a dog sitting on crates of what is believed to be equipment being shipped from the US to Ukraine.
Biden suggested at his press conference last week that if Russia did a “minor raid,” there could be more debate about what to do next.
“I think you’ll see that Russia will be held accountable if it invades,” Biden said during the lengthy press conference — only the 10th of his presidency. “And it depends on what it does. It’s one thing if it’s a small raid and then we argue about what to do and what not to do.’
The White House had to clean up these comments after it immediately sounded the alarm at home and abroad.
Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky tweeted that there is no such thing as ‘little raids’.
Connecticut Democrat Senator Chris Murphy claimed that while the US “can and should do more” to help Ukraine, he also said that “no country has done more to help Ukraine defend itself than the US”
Over the weekend, the State Department recalled US embassy personnel from Ukraine for fear of an invasion and warned private US citizens to immediately find their own way out of the country.
“Since the president has said military action from Russia could come at any moment, the US government will not be able to evacuate US citizens,” officials said during a meeting with the State Department on Sunday.
“So US citizens, currently present in Ukraine, should plan accordingly,” they added, suggesting that people arrange commercial flights.
Arizona’s pro-Trump Representative Andy Biggs tweeted, “Americans are still stranded in Afghanistan and thanks to Biden, we can’t evacuate Americans from Ukraine.”
“Biden is not only the president of America Last, but also the president who leaves Americans behind,” he added.
He added in another tweet: “If you listen very closely, you can hear Putin laughing from Russia…”
It was in response to a February 2020 statement from then-candidate Joe Biden who wrote at the time: ‘Vladimir Putin doesn’t want me to be president. He doesn’t want me to be our candidate. If you’re wondering why – that’s because I’m the only person in this field who’s ever dealt with him.”
Republican Senator Marsha Blackburn of Tennessee wrote on Twitter: “Just four days ago, Biden stood before the world and essentially gave Russia the green light to invade. Now the State Department has ordered the families of American diplomats to evacuate Ukraine.”