Please ensure Javascript is enabled for purposes of website accessibility
Speaker Kevin McCarthy Blasts Russia Over 'Killing of the Children' in Ukraine
gvw_ap_news
By Associated Press
Published 1 year ago on
May 1, 2023

Share

Getting your Trinity Audio player ready...

House Speaker Kevin McCarthy on Monday said Russia must pull out of Ukraine, blistering Russia’s “killing of the children” and distancing himself from some in his Republican party who oppose additional major U.S. aid to Ukraine to stave off the Russian invasion.

In Israel on his first trip abroad as speaker, McCarthy emphatically stressed his support for Ukraine and rejected a suggestion that he does not support sending military and financial aid to Kyiv. At a news conference, he also amplified his positions on other issues back home, including his demand for debt limit negotiations with President Joe Biden.

“I vote for aid for Ukraine. I support aid for Ukraine,” McCarthy said, responding to a question from a Russian reporter.

“I do not support what your country has done to Ukraine, I do not support your killing of the children either,” McCarthy told the Russian reporter, adding. “You should pull out.”

He said, “We will continue to support — because the rest of the world sees it just as it is.”

McCarthy touched down in Jerusalem leading a bipartisan delegation of U.S. lawmakers, his first foray abroad as the new House speaker and the first to address the Israeli Knesset in 25 years.

Domestic politics followed his trip overseas, and the Republican speaker said that he still has not yet heard a response from Democrat Biden about negotiations over the U.S. debt ceiling, which are tense as deadlines near for action to prevent big economic trouble.

“The president still hasn’t talked to me,” McCarthy said, quipping that he feels “a little like Netanyahu,” referring to the Israeli Prime Minister who has yet to receive a call from the U.S. president.

“I’m looking forward to the president changing his mind and negotiating with us,” McCarthy said.

House Republicans last week put an opening offer on the table, passing a sweeping package that would raise the debt limit by $1.5 trillion to into 2024 in exchange for a long list of spending restrictions and other conservative policy priorities that Democrats oppose. Biden has said he would veto the bill if it should be approved by the House and Senate.

Biden has refused to engage in talks on the debt ceiling, saying it must be raised with no strings attached to prevent a potentially catastrophic default on the nation’s already accrued bills.

McCarthy made it clear a so-called “clean” debt ceiling will not be possible with House Republicans.

“We will not pass a debt ceiling that just raises it without doing something about our debt,” McCarthy said.

The Republican leader, who was elected speaker in January after a tumultuous internal party battle, led the congressional delegation on a trip he has made many times before, often with Rep. Steny Hoyer of Maryland, the former Democratic leader, who was again at his side.

New Ukraine Aid Package on Horizon

The trip came as Congress was soon to face again a request to send major aid to Ukraine. McCarthy will need to navigate Republican politics as the debate plays out, particularly from the Trump-aligned wing that has raised opposition to spending overseas to counter Russian President Vladimir Putin’s Ukrainian aggression.

Early on as party leader, McCarthy had said there would be no “blank check” for Ukraine, but he has since insisted that as speaker he will back the U.S. effort against Russia even as he works to ensure oversight of American taxpayer money abroad.

Democratic former speaker Nancy Pelosi recently looked back on her own historic trip to Kyiv last year, at the outbreak of the war, and said Ukraine and democracy “must win.”

At home, McCarthy and Biden are both working — but at odds — to prevent a debt default if Congress fails to raise the debt limit, now $31 trillion, by this summer.

Answering questions at a press conference, he referenced the children’s TV classic and quipped, “Schoolhouse Rock — they never told you not to negotiate. They told you to work together.”

“We should sit down and solve this problem,” McCarthy said. “The debt is a big challenge for America. We’re going to have to come together to solve it.”

RELATED TOPICS:

DON'T MISS

Trump’s Allies Say They’ll Enforce the Comstock Act. Believe Them.

DON'T MISS

Small Dog With a Big Personality: Lester ‘Les’ Schwab Needs a Forever Home

DON'T MISS

A DA Kept Black Women Off a Jury. California’s Supreme Court Says That Wasn’t Racial Bias

DON'T MISS

Seriously Strange: Real Hobbies You Didn’t Know About

DON'T MISS

The Museum Yoga Trend Where Fine Art Meets Downward Dog

DON'T MISS

Obesity Drug Used in Mounjaro and Zepbound May Help Treat Dangerous Sleep Apnea

DON'T MISS

At Least 6 Heat-Related Deaths Reported in Metro Phoenix So Far This Year as High Hits 115 Degrees

DON'T MISS

Coffee Research Center at UC Davis Poised to Deliver a Jolt

DON'T MISS

Workers Sue Disney Claiming They Were Fraudulently Induced to Move to Florida from California

DON'T MISS

Fresno Suspect Arrested in Armed Home Invasion, Earlier Burglary

UP NEXT

California Workplace Safety Board Approves Heat Protections for Indoor Workers, Excluding Prisons

UP NEXT

FDA OKs First Menthol E-Cigarettes, Citing Potential to Help Adult Smokers

UP NEXT

The Latest | Armenia Recognizes Palestinian State Amid Gaza Child Malnutrition Crisis

UP NEXT

Fresno Trash Rate Protest Fails. Decision Rests with Council Next Week.

UP NEXT

Quiet Administrative Change Advances Far-Right Israeli Minister’s Effort to Control West Bank

UP NEXT

Give-and-Take Between Dyer & Council Yields a Fresno Budget. What’s In It?

UP NEXT

California Voters Lose a Shot at Checking State and Local Tax Hikes at the Polls

UP NEXT

The Supreme Court Upholds a Tax on Foreign Income Over a Challenge Backed by Business Interests

UP NEXT

South Korea Will Consider Supplying Arms to Ukraine After Russia and North Korea Sign Strategic Pact

UP NEXT

Mike Pence’s Foundation Launches a $10 Million Election-Year Campaign to Preserve Trump-Era Tax Cuts

Seriously Strange: Real Hobbies You Didn’t Know About

2 days ago

The Museum Yoga Trend Where Fine Art Meets Downward Dog

2 days ago

Obesity Drug Used in Mounjaro and Zepbound May Help Treat Dangerous Sleep Apnea

2 days ago

At Least 6 Heat-Related Deaths Reported in Metro Phoenix So Far This Year as High Hits 115 Degrees

2 days ago

Coffee Research Center at UC Davis Poised to Deliver a Jolt

2 days ago

Workers Sue Disney Claiming They Were Fraudulently Induced to Move to Florida from California

2 days ago

Fresno Suspect Arrested in Armed Home Invasion, Earlier Burglary

3 days ago

A Half-Century of Roaring Passion: Cobras, Shelby Mustangs & The People Who Love Them

3 days ago

On a Night for Doubling up, Lilly King Also Takes Home an Engagement Ring

3 days ago

Paris Awaits for Sha’Carri, Lyles and Dozens More, but Olympic Spots Must Be Earned at Trials

3 days ago

Trump’s Allies Say They’ll Enforce the Comstock Act. Believe Them.

Opinion by Michelle Goldberg on June 21, 2024. Until the Supreme Court overturned Roe v. Wade in 2022, it was hard for feminists to get Amer...

20 hours ago

20 hours ago

Trump’s Allies Say They’ll Enforce the Comstock Act. Believe Them.

2 days ago

Small Dog With a Big Personality: Lester ‘Les’ Schwab Needs a Forever Home

2 days ago

A DA Kept Black Women Off a Jury. California’s Supreme Court Says That Wasn’t Racial Bias

2 days ago

Seriously Strange: Real Hobbies You Didn’t Know About

2 days ago

The Museum Yoga Trend Where Fine Art Meets Downward Dog

2 days ago

Obesity Drug Used in Mounjaro and Zepbound May Help Treat Dangerous Sleep Apnea

2 days ago

At Least 6 Heat-Related Deaths Reported in Metro Phoenix So Far This Year as High Hits 115 Degrees

2 days ago

Coffee Research Center at UC Davis Poised to Deliver a Jolt

MENU

CONNECT WITH US

Search

Send this to a friend