Mitch McConnell Offers Apology to Zelenskyy Over Delayed Aid to Ukraine

McConnell criticized the past administration's handling of Ukrainian assistance

by Sead Dedovic
Mitch McConnell Offers Apology to Zelenskyy Over Delayed Aid to Ukraine
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Republican Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell has decided to apologize to Ukrainian leader Volodymyr Zelenskyy for the long wait for aid. During the 'Face the Nation' show, McConnell spoke about why the entire process took so long. The Ukrainian leader has repeatedly confirmed how important assistance is to him, given that the Russians exploit their weaknesses and advance on the front.

“Well, one of the things I apologized for is [that] it’s taken too long. If you go back to the beginning of this administration. Even though I support it obviously, the supplemental requests worked hard to get Republican votes for it. This all started with the precipitous withdrawal from Afghanistan. It’s like sending out a green light to all of the rogue regimes around the world that the Americans are going home.”-McConnell said, as quoted by Daily Caller!

Furthermore, McConnell criticized the past administration's handling of Ukrainian assistance, citing the provision of "meals ready to eat" during the Obama era as insufficient for defense purposes.

The host of the show emphasized that it happened in 2014 when there was a 'partial' invasion.

McConnell responded, explaining that the situation has improved over time. He expressed concern that the administration had been holding back, fearing that lack of action would deter the Russians. McConnell emphasized the urgency of delivering weapons quickly, stressing the delayed response from Congress while highlighting the eventual bipartisan support in the Senate, which impressed Zelenskyy.

McConnell explained how they spent a long time, about four months, trying to make a deal about our border with Mexico, which he called a disaster. He said that at first, they needed to work with the other side because they control the White House and the Senate. They came up with a plan, but many of his colleagues didn't think it was good enough, and even the party's presidential candidate didn't seem very interested in it.

After realizing they couldn't agree on the border issue, they switched their focus to another problem called the supplemental. McConnell said that some of his colleagues changed their minds about the supplemental issue, and more people ended up supporting it. He mentioned that they went from 22 supporters to 32, and one person missed the vote but would have also voted for it.

The 82-year-old politician considers this to be perhaps one of the most important questions in his political career. He is well aware of the situation in Ukraine and understands what such assistance could mean for Ukrainians. If the Russians achieve victory, McConnell and other political figures in the US fear that even greater problems could arise in the future. The greatest fear is that Russia will invade more countries and potentially lead to a new world war.

“Well, I think certainly one of the most important issues I’ve been involved in over all these years,” McConnell said. “And if you look at it from a worldwide point of view you could argue that it is the most important.”

McConnell was a key figure in the entire process. He hopes that this kind of assistance will be important for Ukraine, and a significant step towards a positive future and great relations between Ukraine and the US. The $60 billion aid for Ukraine can be a first step towards that. Ukrainians hope that this way they will be able to defend themselves and achieve their war goals.

Volodymyr Zelenskyy expressed his gratitude

Volodymyr Zelenskyy immediately expressed his gratitude on social media to the US, Congress, and others who influenced such decisions. The President of Ukraine expects the aid to arrive as soon as possible, considering that every day is crucial for the future of the country. Zelenskyy aims to make progress in the coming months, defend territories, and potentially prepare for larger endeavors. Zelenskyy also thanked US House of Representatives Speaker Mike Johnson and Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer.

Volodymyr Zelenskyy
Volodymyr Zelenskyy© Michele Tantussi/Getty Images News

McConnell believes that the main obstacles for aid reaching Ukraine were Trump and Fox News host Tucker Carlson. These two are important figures in the country, and their voices carry far. The demonization of Ukrainians by these two individuals has influenced even some politicians to change their views and see things from a different perspective. According to many, some Republicans have made a huge mistake, contributing to Russia's advancement in recent months. In a way, they dictated the course of the war. However, Ukrainians hope that things will rapidly change in the next few months, with optimism that they can progress and defend themselves.

The coming months could be crucial for the future of both countries, Russia and Ukraine. It is expected that this year and the remaining months will bring many changes.