The GOP faces division over standing with Ukraine against Russia

Republicans are pushing President BidenJoe Biden Former chairman of the Wisconsin GOP party is signaling he will abide by the January 6 committee meeting. Romney tests positive for coronavirus Pelosi bypasses progressive March 1 deadline for Build Back Better MORE to be tougher on Russia over its aggression against Ukraine, but their isolationist right flank denies them unity on the issue.

Some of the former President TrumpDonald Trump Former chairman of the Wisconsin GOP party signals that he will abide by the committee’s subpoena on January 6. Overnight Defense & National Security – Pentagon tells Russia to withdraw Billionaire GOP donor maxed out to Manchin after his Build Back Better opposition MORE‘s closest allies have questioned why the United States would side with Kiev over Moscow at all and expressed skepticism that it is worth pouring US resources into the conflict.

Top GOP leaders, who support the party’s traditional hawkish views, have called on the Biden administration to impose sanctions and strengthen Ukraine’s military capacity to counter Russia’s troop build-up along its common border in recent weeks following its earlier invasion of Crimea in 2014.

But Republicans who are closer to Trump – who during his presidency sometimes expressed pro-Russia sentiment – argue that America should stay out of it.

“Despite claims by war hawks on both sides of the aisle, it is not in our national interest to spill American blood and taxes on Ukraine. A nation that cannot effectively secure its own border and protect its own territorial integrity cannot be responsible for doing so for nations in Eastern Europe, ”said Rep. Matt Rosendale (R-Mont.).

“Russia invading Ukraine is not an immediate threat to the security of the American people, homeland and lifestyle. The flow of dangerous drugs, crime and criminals across our sovereign border is,” Rep. Paul GosarPaul Anthony GosarJan. 6 committee summons leaders of ‘America First’ movement Legislators coming under increased threat – sometimes apart McCarthy says he will deprive them of committee seats if GOP wins House MORE (R-Ariz.).

Others suggest, without proof, that Biden’s actions to side with Ukraine could benefit the business interests of his son Hunter, who has previously served on the board of directors of a Ukrainian energy company. Rep. Marjorie Taylor GreeneMarjorie Taylor GreeneGOP’s efforts to downplay the danger of Capitol riots rise The Memo: What now for anti-Trump Republicans? Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene says she will meet with Trump ‘soon’ in Florida MORE (R-Ga.) Claimed that Biden is “compromised” and renewed his regular calls for his trial.

Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnellAddison (Mitch) Mitchell McConnell The Hill’s 12:30 Report – Presented by Facebook – Actor John Krasinski Film outside the White House Biden’s Supreme Court Election: A Political Promise, But Also a Question of Justice Let’s Re-imagine ‘Political Corruption MORE (R-Ky.), However, said this week that he believes Biden is “moving in the right direction” to deter Russian aggression.

The Department of Defense announced Monday that 8,500 U.S. troops were put on “heightened alert” for potential deployment to Eastern Europe to strengthen NATO’s defense forces, though Biden has stressed he will not fire on the ground in Ukraine itself. It happened after Biden met with Defense Department officials at Camp David over the weekend to discuss his options.

Biden said Friday he will “move U.S. troops to Eastern Europe” in the “near term.”

“What I have heard since then is encouraging that they are ready to take action before an intervention, not afterwards,” McConnell said at a news conference in Kentucky.

The GOP skeleton was further exemplified by a combative performance by the rep. Michael Turner (Ohio), the top Republican on the House Intelligence Committee, on Fox News host Tucker CarlsonTucker Carlson Conservative expert who left the Fox News signs with the NBC Soros group is pushing back on the Tucker Carlson documentary. Is it journalism if the ‘news’ is designed to fit the audience’s prejudices? MORE‘s primetime show.

Turner had signed a letter with several other Republicans in November urging the Biden administration to deploy a U.S. military presence in the Black Sea to deter a Russian invasion of Ukraine.

Carlson, one of the most influential figures on the far right, asked Turner to explain to viewers, “why it is in the interest of the United States, as their children risk their lives in Ukraine.”

“I mean, who has the energy reserves? Who is the biggest player in world affairs? Who is the potential counterweight to China, which is the real threat? Why should we take Ukraine’s side? Why should we not have Russia’s side?” asked Carlson.

“Ukraine is a democracy. Russia is an authoritarian regime that seeks to impose its will on a validly elected democracy in Ukraine. And we are on the side of democracy,” Turner replied.

“I’m for democracy in other countries, but I’m really for America,” Carlson said.

“Of course you are,” Turner replied.

When asked to reflect on that interview and other Republicans repeating Carlson’s argument, Turner expressed frustration that the idea of ​​taking sides against an authoritarian regime was up for debate. And he warned that it could undermine America’s position abroad as an advocate for democracies.

“This debate about you know who we’re going to be for is very, very disappointing,” Turner told CNN. Jake TapperJacob (Jake) Paul TapperPelosi says she will run for re-election in 2022. Bite frustration with Fox News breaks through the surface The Hill’s 12:30 Report – Presented by Facebook – Biden’s public moment of frustration MORE on Thursday. “If you look at our foreign policy, if you look at our fundamental values, as a democracy, it is quite easy to understand that we do not support authoritarian regimes. We do not support people who use thought to change boundaries. And we support democracies and Ukraine as a well-known ally of the United States. ”

“We are the light of freedom and liberty. And when we stop being at it, our own values ​​are in danger,” he added.

Carlson’s influence is not limited to putting pressure on a shared GOP.

Rep. Tom MalinowskiThomas (Tom) MalinowskiMeek’s leading bipartisan trip to Ukraine amid Russia’s tensions Democrat says Tucker Carlson viewers tell his office that the US should side with Russia Momentum is building to ban lawmakers from trading stocks MORE (DN.J.), a member of the House Foreign Affairs Committee who served as assistant foreign minister and represents a competitive swing district, said he has heard from Carlson’s viewers who expressed sympathy with Russia.

“My office is now getting calls from people who say they see Tucker Carlson and are sad that we are not on Russia’s side in its threats to invade Ukraine, and who want me to support Russia’s ‘reasonable’ positions. , “tweeted Malinowski, who was part of a congressional delegation that traveled to the Ukrainian capital this week.

Legislators on both sides are in discussions on legislation to impose sanctions on Russia, including some that would be adopted immediately and others that would come into force if it actually invaded Ukraine. Top Democrats in the House and Senate have both introduced sanctions legislation, but they also see potential changes to bring Republicans on board.

House majority leader Steny HoyerSteny Hamilton HoyerClyburn calls for full court press on voting rights Biden talks about climate and childcare regulations in the Build Back Better agenda with top executives The Hill’s Morning Report – Biden: Russia’s attack ‘would change the world’ MORE (D-Md.) Advised lawmakers on Friday that “we will continue to monitor developments in Ukraine and work closely with the Biden-Harris administration to deter Russian aggression in the necessary ways,” but did not say specifically whether the sanctions legislation would be considered in the coming weeks.

Meanwhile, Parliament’s GOP leaders are trying to score points in an area where the party is more united when it comes to Ukraine: Anger over Trump’s first federal trial in 2019, which was related to his efforts to pressure the Ukrainian government to launch a study into Hunter Biden’s business interests.

After the Biden administration and Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky released competing takeaways of a call held Thursday, the House GOP Conference Chairwoman said Elise StefanikElise Marie Stefanik Canceling student debt is a women’s issue – we have two thirds of the burden The Supreme Court rejects the GOP challenge against the Representatives’ vote Mask rules set in motion political games and an ugly environment in the house MORE (NY) and the top Republican on the House Judiciary Committee, Rep. Jim JordanJames (Jim) Daniel JordanReps asks Capitol Police Board for information on ‘insider threat awareness program’. Are the legal walls closing around Donald Trump? Biden: A good coach knows when to change the team MORE (Ohio), called for the release of the call transcript.

“President Biden’s weakness on the world stage has encouraged America’s enemies, left our allies and put us in the midst of an international crisis. Now the Biden administration is playing a round ‘he said she said’ regarding yesterday’s call with President Zelenskyy,” Stefanik and Jordan a joint statement Friday.

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