One of the main goals of President Volodymyr Zelensky's visit to the United States — enlist the support of the Republicans on the issue of providing further assistance to Ukraine. The New York Times writes about this.
Republicans, unlike Democrats, are more skeptical about the issue of military assistance to Ukraine. After the midterm elections in November, the Republicans won a majority in the lower house of the US Congress.
During his speech in Congress, the Ukrainian leader managed to win over some Republicans to his side. One of them is Andy Barr.
«Vladimir Zelensky inspired his compatriots to fight, as he said tonight, «against all odds», in spite of tyranny and in defense of freedom. In doing so, he has also inspired and united all those who support freedom—in the United States, in Europe, and throughout the world. Barr commented on Zelensky's speech.
Meanwhile, House Republican leader Kevin McCarthy is more skeptical.
«I support Ukraine, but I am against signing any checks. We want to make sure everyone is accountable for the money they spend», — he said.
In addition, it was noted that some Republican critics of military assistance to Ukraine missed the meeting altogether, at which Zelensky spoke. Several other people did not welcome the appearance of the President of Ukraine and his words with a standing ovation.
One of the categorical opponents of military assistance to Ukraine, Republican Cynthia Lummis, told the NYT after the speech of the Ukrainian leader that she still believes that the American people should not pay for these hostilities.
The newspaper also draws attention to the fact that on December 21 the Senate did not have time to decide on a bill on the allocation of additional assistance to Kyiv for almost 50 billion dollars. The document was not put to a vote due to protracted disputes between congressmen on issues of internal migration policy.