White Home Press Secretary Jen Psaki took a swing at Senator Tom Cotton (R-AR), claiming that his requires instant assist to Ukraine had been hypocritical as a result of he had voted in opposition to the newest spending package deal that contained such assist.
The confrontation started with a tweet from Cotton on Wednesday calling for the weapons Ukraine wanted to repel the Russian occupation forces.
“No extra timidity and half measures. It’s time to ship Ukraine the weapons wanted to finish this invasion,” he mentioned.
No extra timidity and half measures.
It is time to ship Ukraine the weapons wanted to finish this invasion.
— Tom Cotton (@TomCottonAR) March 16, 2022
Psaki responded on Friday, arguing that Cotton had the prospect to vote in favor of assist to Ukraine and had chosen not to take action.
“@TomCottonAR had an opportunity final week to again his phrases with actions by voting for the safety help for Ukraine that the President introduced yesterday. He and 30 of his fellow Senate Republicans voted in opposition to that cash,” Psaki tweeted.
The press secretary continued, laying out an inventory of issues that Cotton and the 30 different Republican Senators had voted in opposition to.
“These 31 Republican Senators voted in opposition to: $13.6 billion for Ukraine, 800 Stinger anti-aircraft methods, 9000 anti-tank weapons, 7000 small arms, 20 million rounds of ammunition,” she tweeted. “Our help is making a distinction on the bottom, and the President is delivering extra.”
These 31 Republican Senators voted in opposition to:
-$13.6 billion for Ukraine
-800 Stinger anti-aircraft methods
-9000 anti-tank weapons
-7000 small arms
-20 million rounds of ammunition
Our help is making a distinction on the bottom, and the President is delivering extra
— Jen Psaki (@PressSec) March 18, 2022
However Cotton fired proper again, mentioning the truth that the help for Ukraine that Psaki had outlined solely accounted for a really small share of the full package deal, which had an enormous $1.5 trillion price ticket.
“The help was <1% of an inflation-busting $1.5 trillion funds. It ought to have been despatched *earlier than* the invasion, however Biden blocked it to keep away from offending Putin,” Cotton shot again, asking, “@Pressec, why is Biden nonetheless shopping for Russian oil?”
The help was <1% of an inflation-busting $1.5 trillion funds.
It ought to have been despatched *earlier than* the invasion, however Biden blocked it to keep away from offending Putin. @Pressec, why is Biden nonetheless shopping for Russian oil? https://t.co/58WTa1ygFV
— Tom Cotton (@TomCottonAR) March 18, 2022
Psaki was not the one one arguing that Republicans, in opposing the $1.5 trillion Omnibus invoice that gives some $13 billion in supplemental funding to Ukraine, opposed sending assist to Ukraine particularly.
On Thursday’s broadcast of “The View,” co-host Sunny Hostin argued that Republicans had been participating in political “posturing” and had been “united” in opposing assist for Ukraine amid Russia’s ongoing invasion. She additionally falsely claimed that Republicans had been “united” in opposition to President Joe Biden sending military aircraft to Ukraine — although plenty of Republicans, together with Senator Cotton, have called for exactly that.
As The Each day Wire reported:
Hostin jumped in then, arguing that plenty of Republicans had voted in opposition to the most recent aid package going to Ukraine. “It is a lot of posturing by the Republican Get together, and I feel it’s despicable, and I feel it’s disgusting, and I don’t assume it is best to defend it,” she mentioned.
“Properly, and I’ll say this. There’s — I’ll say this. There’s been a long-standing custom in American politics once we’re in occasions of battle that we actually don’t assault the commander in chief,” Griffin replied. “We must always give coverage criticisms, which is what I’m doing to Joe Biden, however I stand by Joe Biden who’s the president and I hope will get us by this battle, however I’d name on him within the strongest phrases, get MiGs to the Ukrainians. Get them army plane to allow them to defend their skies.”
“Congress appears to be fairly united,” Hostin mentioned, noting that there was bipartisan help for Biden’s choice to not help in implementing a no-fly zone over Ukraine — however then she went on to argue that Republicans had been additionally “united” of their opposition to offering army plane, although many have called for Biden to do exactly that.
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