According to Fox News, President Joe Biden announced this week that he would “be happy” to meet with Vladimir Putin if the Russian dictator wants to end the war in Ukraine.
Biden calls Putin’s actions in Ukraine “sick”
Biden’s comments came during a joint press conference at the White House on Thursday with French President Emmanuel Macron.
“I am prepared to speak with Mr. Putin if in fact there is an interest in him deciding he is looking for a way to end the war,” the president said.
“He hasn’t done that yet, if that’s the case, in consultation with my French and NATO friends I’ll be happy to sit down with Putin to see what he has in mind,” Biden continued.
“It appears he’s not going to do that, he’s paying a very heavy price for failing to do it, but he is inflicting incredible, incredible carnage on the civilians of Ukraine, bombing nurseries, hospitals, children’s homes – it’s sick what he’s doing,” the president insisted.
Biden’s remarks came just days after Fox News reported that his administration pledged to provide $53 million to fix Ukraine’s electrical grid. Those funds are in addition to the billions of dollars worth in assistance that the United States has already provided.
Republicans say Ukraine can’t get “a blank check”
However, the network noted that many Republicans have grown skeptical over the amount of cash being sent to Ukraine.
House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy said earlier this year that the Eastern European country cannot receive “a blank check” while Americans are facing a recession.
Meanwhile, Georgia Republican Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene called for an audit of aid sent to Ukraine during a press conference earlier this month.
“The American people, the taxpayers of this county, deserve to know where their money is going and how it’s being spent,” Greene told reporters, adding, “The question is, is Ukraine now the 51st state of the United States of America? And what position does Zelensky have in our government?”
Interestingly, Fox News noted last week that even some congressional Democrats are beginning to ask questions of their own
It quoted Colorado Democratic Rep. Jason Crow as telling the Washington Post, “The taxpayers deserve to know that investment is going where it’s intended to go. In any war, there can be missteps and misallocation of supplies.”