Lawmakers on both sides of the aisle are responding to Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky’s historic war speech as the war against Russia continues. The president came to Washington, D.C., to thank Americans, but also to plead for continued American support — something US President Joe Biden reiterated during the visit.
Senate GOP Leader Mitch McConnell said Zelensky was “inspirational as usual” in his speech tonight.
“It is very important, the most important thing is to beat the Russians in Ukraine,” he said. “Fortunately, they have a leader that everyone can look up to and look up to. Also, it’s nice to have something here at the end of the year that we all agree on.”
Senate Minority Whip John Thune said Zelensky “explains why American determination is so important to Ukraine’s success,” which in turn is crucial to “the broader success of freedom and democracy in the world.”
Thune said that listening to Zelensky can “feel the power of his country and its people and their desire for freedom and democracy”, calling him “inspiring”. He added that Zelensky’s speech “came from the heart”.
Walking away from the rhetoric, Republican Sen. Cynthia Loomis, who has voted against helping Ukraine in the past, said she felt it was “wise” to “thank every American family” before thanking Congress, and to realize “it’s the sacrifices of America” and the American families and people who made It. “Money at their disposal.”
She said she opposed the financing because it “takes out of the pockets of taxpayers” and called for the use of the International Monetary Fund’s special drawing rights to finance Ukraine.
“(Ukrainians) deserve it, they are noble and they fight with their hearts to save their country and their people, and the sacrifice they make is unbelievable,” she said. “I wish we were smart about financing it.”