"The President really believes that as we approach winter, as we enter … a new phase in this war, of Mr. Putin’s aggression, that this is a good time for the two leaders to sit down face to face and talk," national security communications coordinator John Kirby, a retired U.S. Navy admiral, told reporters. However, Reuters portrayed the visit somewhat cynically: Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskiy headed to Washington on Wednesday to meet President Joe Biden, address Congress and seek "weapons, weapons and more weapons" in his first overseas trip since Russia invaded Ukraine 300 days ago. Prior to the Democrat-controlled Congress' consideration of a massive (and massively irresponsible) spending bill in the neighborhood of around $1.7 trillion, Zelenskyy nevertheless seemed less than grateful: "We will pass it on from the boys to the Congress, to the president of the United States. We are grateful for their support, but it is not enough. It is a hint — it is not enough." Never mind that the American taxpayers have already footed tens of billions of dollars (much of it borrowed) more than all other NATO countries combined for weapons to Ukraine. Meanwhile, the American taxpayer-funded gravy train will continue, as Biden has pointed out. "I look forward to signing the omnibus bill soon, which includes $45 billion for Ukraine," he said, while also announcing another $1.8 billion of 'security assistance' that includes both direct transfers as well as contracts for future ammo supplies. In total, it will constitute "$2.2 billion in new support," Biden said. The package will also include a patriot missile battery, Biden said.
Zelenskiy was greeted by Biden’s protocol officer Rufus Gifford on arrival.? from Zelenskiy’s Telegram channel pic.twitter.com/PUKhxRxBv1 — annmarie hordern (@annmarie) December 21, 2022
Needless to say, all of the usual establishment politicians and their mouthpieces were all ga-ga over Zelenskyy, even as he insulted them with characteristic ungratefulness.
There had been thoughts, questions that Biden would pressure Zelenskyy to make a (potentially bad) deal with Russia to end the war at any price. It didn’t happen, at least not in public. Instead unreserved US support to help Zelenskyy on battlefield.— Richard Engel (@RichardEngel) December 21, 2022
Iconic pic.twitter.com/kR1TznVHNR— Eric Swalwell (@ericswalwell) December 22, 2022
I do not care that Zelensky wore a sweatshirt and fatigues to meet President Biden. It wasn't disrespectful or inappropriate. People are weird.I will also admit to looking for where to get one. Made in Ukraine. https://t.co/MY9mNCcLwu pic.twitter.com/lF8Um48NJq — Kelli Matthews (@kmatthews) December 21, 2022
Speaker Pelosi after Zelensky’s address: “It was one of the finest speeches I’ve ever heard in the Congress” pic.twitter.com/MtRFHHzFFE— Ellis Kim (@elliskkim) December 22, 2022
But others noted that Zelenskyy was insulting on many levels.
Zelenskyy doesn’t care what privileged people living in peace with running hot water & electricity think, he cares what his war-ravaged homeless cold starving suffering people would think seeing him gussied up in a western suit— Nacjia Д (@jandekr) December 22, 2022
And let us never forget that the Bidens were making big money off of a corrupt 'business' deal in Ukraine via son Hunter, and not long ago. Our political establishment has embraced Ukraine for a reason, and it has nothing to do with being "noble" or "doing the right thing." Sources include: ZeroHedge.com Reuters.com
This ungrateful piece of sh*t does not have the decency to wear a suit to the White House -- no respect the country that is funding his survival.Track suit wearing eastern european con-man mafia. Our leaders fell for it. They have disgraced us all. What an incredible insult. pic.twitter.com/7WdLnqfYur — Benny Johnson (@bennyjohnson) December 21, 2022
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