As Russia invaded its neighboring country of Ukraine after claiming two territories just days earlier, partisan arguments have ensued in Congress over who in the United States bears some responsibility for the attack.
Several Republicans have criticized how U.S. President Joe Biden has handled the crisis, calling on him to “change course” in how he has responded.
Republicans in both the House of Representatives and Senate have blamed Biden for failing to deter Russian President Vladimir Putin from launching an attack on Ukraine and sending forces into the country, and GOP members called on Biden to take a more firm and stronger position on what is the largest conflict seen in Europe since World War II.
“There’s no doubt that weakness leads to war,” tweeted Representative Brian Mast on Thursday morning. Mast, who serves as a member of the House Foreign Affairs Committee, continued, “Putin once said the collapse of the Soviet empire was the ‘greatest geopolitical catastrophe’ of the past century for Russa. For America, President Biden may be the greatest geopolitical catastrophe of this century.”
Representative Mike Gallagher, serving on the House Armed Services Committee, added his call to action for the president: “The president must change course or our deterrent posture will continue to collapse, chaos will continue to spread and eventually no one will trust America’s promises or fear America’s power.
Late on Wednesday, Biden did speak with Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy as the invasion began. He also convened his National Security Council on Thursday and met with the others involved in the Group of Seven allies to plan and map out more severe responses to the invasion.
So far, the president has imposed more economic sanctions on Russia, as Zelenskyy noted 137 Ukrainians, soldiers and civilians, have been killed in the attack as of February 24.
ARTICLE: ELIZABETH HERTZBERG
MANAGING EDITOR: CARSON CHOATE
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