After Rep. Kevin McCarthy was elected as Speaker of the House, Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky did not waste in time in congratulating him, and then reminding him that Ukraine is counting on further aid and “continued support” from the United States.
“Congratulations to [Kevin McCarrthy] on his election as the Speaker of the [United States] House of Representatives,” Zelensky tweeted.
He added, “U.S. support in all fields has been vital for [Ukraine’s] success on the battlefield. We’re counting on your continued support and further U.S. assistance to bring our common victory closer.”
I truthfully cannot tell if that was more of a grovel, or a passive-aggressive threat.
According to Newsweek, Ukraine has already received a whopping $48 billion in aid from the United States in 2022 alone. What more do they want from us? And more importantly, will McCarthy be willing to dish more out?
We can only hope the answer is no. Especially since McCarthy announced in October of 2022 that people would “not write a blank check to Ukraine” if they are in the middle of a recession. Therefore, why would the government?
On Ukraine, McCarthy has been somewhat less hawkish than the Republicans’ leader in the Senate, Mitch McConnell, who controversially claimed that “[p]roviding assistance for Ukrainians to defeat the Russians is the number one priority for the United States right now according to most Republicans” shortly before Christmas, despite the country’s ongoing border and inflation crises.
In October, McCarthy said people were “not going to write a blank check to Ukraine” if they were in the midst of a recession.
Ukraine has already received around $100 billion from American taxpayers — the equivalent of “more than $200 million [in 2022] from each Congressional district”, according to Congressman Thomas Massie.
Most recently, the Joe Biden administration announced it would be shipping M2 Bradley Fighting Vehicles (BFVs) to Ukraine — although Zelensky has complained there is “no rational reason why” he has “not yet been supplied” with heavier Western tanks, such as the American M1 Abrams or the German Leopard 2.
We cannot afford to continue supplying the world with aid when our own country is crumbling. We cannot fill the cup of others until our cup is filled. The United States needs to take a step back and once again put America first.