Senators Rubio, Daines share photos of Zelensky during call despite being asked not to

Republican Senators Marco Rubio and Steve Daines are coming under intense criticism on Saturday after they shared photos of a video call with Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky while it was still in progress despite being asked not to do so.

Democratic Rep. Dean Phillips of Minnesota lambasted Daines and Rubio in a tweet for their “appalling and reckless ignorance” after posting screenshots of a Saturday Zoom call between Zelensky and several lawmakers while the meeting was ongoing.

During the discussion, the Ukrainian president requested additional military aid from the US, amongst other things.

Democrat Rep Jason Crow also criticized the senators. “The lack of discipline in Congress is truly astounding,” Crow wrote. “If an embattled wartime leader asks you to keep quiet about a meeting, you better keep quiet about the meeting. I’m not saying a damn thing. Lives are at stake.”

In separate statements, representatives for Rubio and Daines defended the senators’ decision to share the photos, calling those who make an issue out of their tweets “partisan.”

“There were over 160 members of Congress on a widely reported Zoom call. There was no identifying information of any kind,” said a spokesperson for Rubio.

A spokesperson for Daines said his tweet, which was posted about 23 minutes after the meeting started, was “shared well into the call … before it was requested not to” and contained “no identifying information.” The spokesperson added, “We should be focusing on what’s important here and that’s supporting Ukraine.”




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