MSNBC’s Mika Brzezinski, an ardent critic of House Speaker Kevin McCarthy, offered high and rare praise for the Republican leader for his comments regarding U.S. support of aid to Ukraine.
Brzezinski’s comments were in response to McCarthy’s exchange with a Russian reporter who caught up with McCarthy during his trip to Jerusalem.
On Monday, the Russian reporter asked McCarthy, “We know that you don’t support the current unlimited and uncontrolled supplies of weaponry and aid to Ukraine.”
A surprised McCarthy replied: “Did he say I don’t support aid to Ukraine? No, I vote for aid for Ukraine, I support aid for Ukraine. I do not support what your country has done to Ukraine. I do not support your killing of the children, either. And I think … you should pull out.”
Mika, the co-host of MSNBC’s “Morning Joe” show responded to McCarthy by saying, “Wow, as a frequent critic of Kevin McCarthy, I just want to say, that was amazing.”
Brzezinski continued: “McCarthy’s words were “much-needed in terms of how some Republicans were very carefully parsing their words about aid to Ukraine, and that’s saying it mildly,”
Commending McCarthy’s clear and strong response, Mika added: “This was resounding. And in an incredible situation too.”
Richard Haass, the president of the Council on Foreign Relations agreed with Brzezinski, saying: “Well, it was good for several reasons. One, it was a great message to Russia, for them to hear, because they’re counting – you know, that the Republicans aren’t going to support aid.”
Haass continued: “They’re wrong. Indeed, the administration is confident it has the votes when this comes up again, probably, [in] the summer or fall. It was also good that he said it in Israel, because Israel has been hedging its bets all along between Russia and Ukraine.”
On April 20, several Republicans in the House sent a letter to President Joe Biden expressing concerns about the lack of accountability and tracking of America’s financial aid to Ukraine.
An excerpt from the letter read: “Unrestrained U.S. aid for Ukraine must come to an end.” The letter also noted that continued aid could pit America in a “dangerous proxy war” with Russia.
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