A total of 127 GOP lawmakers chose to defeat Ukraine’s president, a tally by The Hill says
Only 86 of the 213 Republican members of the US House of Representatives were present to hear Ukrainian President Vladimir Zelensky address Congress in Washington on Wednesday, according to The Hill. The incident comes after the House Foreign Affairs Committee rejected a proposal to audit military and other aid to Ukraine earlier this month.
Zelensky’s visit to the United States is his first foreign trip since Russia launched a military operation in the neighboring country in late February. He thanked the US support and asked for more heavy weapons, including tanks and planes.
However, some Republicans have demanded that the government be more transparent when it comes to helping Ukraine. “Sadly, what I didn’t hear tonight was a clear explanation of where the first $50 billion that we sent to support their efforts went.” Congresswoman Lauren Boebert, who attended Zelensky’s speech, said in a video message on Twitter. She said she would “does not support sending more money for this war” until the audit is completed.
Congresswoman Marjorie Taylor Greene, who led the bill to audit aid to Ukraine, was among those who dropped Zelensky’s address. “American taxpayers are literally paying to support many countries around the world with foreign aid, but America is almost collapsing before our very eyes.” Greene tweeted on Wednesday. She added that families in her district are struggling with rising food prices while the United States is interested in sending money to Ukraine.
Meanwhile, Representative Chip Roy described Zelensky’s speech as “more of theater” used by Democrats to convince voters that the funds intended for Ukraine are “Will be magically created from thin air.”
On Tuesday, Congress introduced a spending bill that includes more than $44 billion in aid to Ukraine. But Republicans calculate that the amount for Kiev has exceeded $47 billion, according to the New York Times.
The Pentagon unveiled an additional $1.85 billion aid package for Ukraine, including Patriot anti-aircraft missile systems, armored vehicles, grenade launchers, as well as artillery shells and tanks. Russia has repeatedly said that foreign weapons will not change the course of the conflict and will only cause more casualties in Ukraine.