WASHINGTON — President Joe Biden’s surprise trip to Ukraine on Monday drew a variety of assaults from congressional Republicans who criticized his assist for the war-torn nation and accused him of neglecting points again at dwelling.
“You ought to be standing with East Palestine —an American city in your personal nation that wants your assist,” tweeted Rep. Andy Biggs, R-Ariz., in a reference to the Ohio city the place a practice derailment and chemical leak earlier this month brought on hundreds to be evacuated from their houses and has raised environmental considerations.
Biden made a shock visit to Ukraine in what the White House mentioned was a present of assist and solidarity for the nation battling for its survival after Russian President Vladimir Putin invaded practically a yr in the past. However Republicans sought to use the pictures to spotlight their points with Biden’s presidency.
“When our border is in disaster, Joe Biden goes dwelling to nap in Delaware. When Ohio burns with poisonous chemical compounds, Biden’s admin says all the pieces is okay. So on Presidents’ Day, I’m not stunned that Biden is ditching America for Ukraine. He ditched America’s pursuits because the begin of his presidency. They will maintain him!” tweeted Rep. Matt Gaetz, R-Fla.
The President’s Day criticism, a lot of which got here as Biden was nonetheless within the warzone, echoed Republicans who’ve accused Biden of neglecting the U.S. Southern border and bearing some accountability for the struggle in Ukraine.
In January, Biden visited the U.S.-Mexico border, the place there was an inflow of migrants from Central America in search of asylum. Biden hasn’t visited the location of the Ohio path derailment, however federal officers had been on the bottom inside hours of the accident and Environmental Safety Company administrator Michael Regan was in East Palestine final week.
“So it takes two years for Joe Biden @POTUS to visit the struggle zone he created at our southern border, however then he goes to see one other struggle zone he created in Ukraine,” tweeted Rep. Greg Murphy, R-N.C.
Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene, R-Ga., who additionally tweeted a name Monday for components of U.S. to secede, mentioned the battle has grow to be a proxy struggle between the U.S. and China and needs to be ended instantly.
“The U.S. assist for struggle in Ukraine has been like a U.S. proxy struggle with Russia. However now it’s turning into extra like a U.S.- China struggle by the Ukraine — Russia struggle. Finish it now!” tweeted Greene.
Throughout his visit, Biden insisted that the U.S. will stay steadfast in its assist of Ukraine, and introduced a further support bundle value $460 million, which can embody extra army tools and weapons like anti-tank Javelin missiles.
“For all of the disagreement now we have in our Congress on some points, there may be important settlement on assist for Ukraine,” Biden mentioned.
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