Biden Snaps at Reporter, Walks Away
President Joe Biden was furious with a reporter who asked him a question that he did not appreciate. On Monday he said he would not be sending American troops to Ukraine to help the nation in its war with Russia, The Daily Mail reported.
“No we’re sending materials like we have – billions of dollars,” he said to The Daily Mail when confronted at a Toys For Tots event.
It came after a report from NBC that said the administration as considering sending a small number of American troops to Ukraine. The report said that there are some American troops in Ukraine to check on how supplies are being used and that the administration was considering sending more.
“The Pentagon has a couple of dozen U.S. troops in Ukraine, including a very small number already assigned to making sure weapons reach their intended recipients. Defense Secretary Lloyd Austin and other military leaders want to enhance the accountability mission and make sure there are experts in the country to help Ukraine use critical weapons systems, including air defense and counter-drone systems,” NBC News said.
“The U.S. remains steadfast in its support of Ukraine and its ability to defend against Russia’s unprovoked aggression, and the U.S. presence at Embassy Kyiv reflects that enduring commitment. As soon as security conditions permitted in late May, DoD reopened its Defense Attaché Office (DAO) and Office of Defense Cooperation (ODC) at the Embassy in Kyiv to perform mission-critical functions. DoD coordinates its personnel levels in connection with the State Department and interagency, as part of the overall Embassy footprint. We will continue to review our presence in-country, as security conditions evolve. Though the ODC is embedded within the U.S. Embassy, it is staffed exclusively by DoD personnel. For operational security and force protection reasons, we won’t discuss specific numbers of personnel,” Pentagon Press Secretary Brig. Gen. Patrick Ryder said.
Biden to reporter: "Are we sending troops to Ukraine? No, we're sending material, like we have. Billions of dollars." pic.twitter.com/6hsR8wsXR7
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Officials said that if any new troops were sent to Ukraine it would be in the single digits.
Several Republicans set to take over key committees when the party assumes control of the House in January have been warning the Biden administration that oversight hearings are coming. That includes finding out about how taxpayer funds have been spent assisting Ukraine’s fight against Russian invaders, which could be an early problem for the White House.
According to Fox News, the “administration is scrambling to track the nearly $20 billion in military aid it has sent to Ukraine as Republicans warn of impending audits when they take control of the House in January.”
The report continues:
Likely future House Speaker Kevin McCarthy has said his party will not be giving Ukraine a “blank check” to fend off Russia’s invasion. A potential audit would determine how much, if any, of the U.S. aid is ending up in the wrong hands. The Biden administration’s previous tracking efforts have inspected only a fraction of the aid provided to the country.
The Republican push to ramp up oversight enjoys some bipartisan support in Congress. Some staunch Ukraine allies fear the party will cut off aid to the country entirely, however. Firebrand Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene, R-Ga., has vowed to “hold our government accountable” for Ukraine spending, and some of her colleagues across the aisle are echoing the message.
“The taxpayers deserve to know that investment is going where it’s intended to go,” Rep. Jason Crow, D-Colo., told the Washington Post. “In any war, there can be missteps and misallocation of supplies.”
Several lawmakers have said that the Biden administration’s current efforts to monitor U.S. weapons and aid shipments going into Ukraine are horribly inadequate, the outlet reported, adding that just 10 percent of the 22,000 weapons taxpayers have supplied to Ukraine between February and November 1 were inspected.
Allies in Europe, meanwhile, have said they hope GOP skepticism of Ukrainian aid won’t lead to a massive funding cut, however.
The lawmakers agree that current monitoring efforts appear woefully inadequate, with the Biden administration inspecting just 10% of the 22,000 weapons the U.S. has provided to Ukraine between February and November 1, according to the Post.
U.S. allies in Europe have expressed hope that Republican skepticism of Ukraine aid will not lead to a widespread cutting of funding, however.
“You’d be playing into Putin’s hands,” U.K. Parliament member Tobias Ellwood noted in October. “If America pulls back, Putin could snatch victory from the jaws of defeat.”
However, McCarthy premised his criticism of the massive aid packages on the current economic situation in the U.S., as the economy is lapsing into a recession.
“I think people are gonna be sitting in a recession and they’re not going to write a blank check to Ukraine,” McCarthy said before the elections. “They just won’t do it. … It’s not a free blank check.”
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