President Joe Biden on Thursday slammed Republicans for saying they want to cut off funding for Ukraine, saying there would be ‘serious consequential outcomes’ if it happens.
Speaking at a fundraiser in Philadelphia for Democratic Senate candidate John Fetterman, Biden went after the GOP for their threat to end Ukraine aid if they win control of Congress in November.
‘They said that if they win they’re not likely to fund, to continue to fund Ukraine,’ he noted in his remarks.
‘These guys don’t get it. It’s a lot bigger than Ukraine. It’s Eastern Europe. It’s NATO. It’s really serious, serious consequential outcomes,’ he noted. ‘They have no sense of American foreign policy.’
Biden said the rest of the world looks to America to be a leader, hinting western allies could follow suit, damaging Ukraine’s ability to fight off Russian President Vladimir Putin’s forces.
‘These guys on the other team don’t get it. They don’t get it that how America does is going to determine how the rest of the world does,’ he said, adding: ‘They look to us as a leader. They look to us … because they’re not as big or as powerful.’
President Joe Biden slammed Republicans for saying they want to cut off funding for Ukraine, saying there would be ‘serious consequential outcomes’ if it happens
Ukrainian volunteer sits near shells in a private building in the recently liberated Kamyanka village of Kharkiv’s area, Ukraine
Ukrainian rescuers work at the site of a residential building destroyed by a Russian drone strike in central Kyiv
House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy, who is poised to become speaker should Democrats lose control in the House, has warned Republicans are ‘not going to write a blank check to Ukraine.’
Lawmakers on Capitol Hill seem have taken McCarthy’s threat seriously.
Lawmakers from both parties have discussed adding $50 billion in Ukraine funding to an omnibus spending bill that they’d pass before a new Congress is sworn-in in January, NBC News reported.
Congress last month approved $12 billion package to Ukraine but are looking to add even more funds to the war-torn nation before a new class of lawmakers takes over on Capitol Hill.
The amount would be enough ‘to make sure [Ukraine] can get through the year,’ a Republican senator with knowledge of the matter told NBC News. ‘It’ll make the $12 billion look like pocket change.’
Republicans are favored to take control of the House in the Nov. 8th midterm election. The Senate is seen as more up for grabs. The new lawmakers would be sworn into office in early January.
Congress has allocated a total of $65 billion in funding to Ukraine since Russia attacked the country in February.
Biden spent Thursday in Pennsylvania campaigning for Fetterman, who is facing a tough race against Republican candidate Dr. Mehmet Oz, who’s been endorsed by Donald Trump.
Fetterman greeted Biden when the president landed in Pittsburgh. The two men visited the site of a collapsed bridge to talk about the infrastructure funds coming to the state.
They also made a stop at Primanti Brothers in Moon Township – a must-eat sandwich shop in the area – before heading to Philadelphia for the fundraiser.
Primanti’s sandwiches are a Pittsburgh staple, served with a layer of coleslaw and French fries stuffed between giant pieces of bread.
Biden ordered the ‘Pitts-burger’ – beef patty, lettuce, tomato, slaw and fries – and tipped $40, the White House said.
President Joe Biden (left) returned to the site of the Pittsburgh bridge collapse Thursday to talk infrastructure and appeared alongside Democratic Senate hopeful John Fetterman (right) – who ditched his trademark hoodie and sported a suit for the occasion
President Joe Biden expressed stopped at a Primanti Brothers Thursday afternoon in Moon Township where he ordered the ‘Pitts-burger’ – beef patty, lettuce, tomato, slaw and fries
President Joe Biden (left) shakes the hand of workers at a Primanti’s in Moon Townshi as he’s accompanied by Lt. Gov. John Fetterman (center) and his wife Gisele (right)
After his lunch stop, Biden turned to politics at his final event of the day.
Speaking to the Democrats at the fundraising event, Biden warned: ‘If we lose this off year election we’re in real trouble. America’s at a real inflection point.’
The Pennsylvania Senate race will help decide whether or not Biden’s Democratic Party retains control of the Senate.
Biden got in a few shots at Fetterman’s rival, Dr. Oz.
He noted Oz went to high school in Delaware but ‘Delaware was smart enough to send him to New Jersey.’
Oz ‘is for undoing everything we have done,’ he noted.
He also repeated his criticism that much of the Republican Party are ‘MAGA Republicans’ who are loyal to Trump.
‘We have to remind people what the Republicans are for, this new Republican party. This is not you father’s Republican party,’ he said.
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