May 25, 2022

McConnell Makes Secret Trip To Ukraine With Delegation Of Republican Senators

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McConnell’s delegation is the latest group of lawmakers to visit Ukraine since Russia invaded in late February. Sen. Steve Daines (R-Mont.) and Rep. Victoria Spartz (R-Ind.) traveled to Ukraine in April, making the pair the first known U.S. officials to visit the country since Russia’s invasion, while House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) led a congressional delegation to the country earlier this month. First Lady Jill Biden made a surprise appearance in Ukraine on Sunday when she visited with Ukrainian First Lady Olena Zelenska on Mother’s Day

The journey, a uncommon worldwide go to for Mr. McConnell, highlights the widespread bipartisan assist for Ukraine in Washington because the nation tries to fend off Russia’s invasion, whilst questions stay concerning the Biden administration’s total technique towards the battle and the scope of American help.

The trip, a rare international visit for Mr. McConnell, highlights the widespread bipartisan support for Ukraine in Washington as the country tries to fend off Russia’s invasion, even as questions remain about the Biden administration’s overall strategy toward the conflict and the scope of American assistance.

“Helping Ukraine is not an instance of mere philanthropy — it bears directly on America’s national security and vital interests that Russia’s naked aggression not succeed and carries significant costs,” Mr. McConnell said this week. “If Ukraine fails to repel Russian aggression, there is no question that the threat to American and European security will grow.”

The trip was disclosed by Mr. Zelensky’s office. Details were not yet available from the lawmakers.

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