Rep. Michael McCaul (R-TX) is calling upon the U.S. government to send more aid to Ukraine to help with its ongoing battle with Russia.
McCaul – who is the incoming chairman of the Hosue Foreign Affairs Committee – made the push during an interview that he participated in on Friday with CBS News.
“A pretty good investment”
During the interview, McCaul was not shy about making his position known.
“I support Ukraine,” McCaul said. “I think going with the amount of investment we’ve had is very small relative to destroying the Russian military, and that’s what we’ve done without one American soldier being attacked, killed, or in [the] country.”
“To me, that’s a pretty good investment,” McCaul added.
McCaul, however, didn’t stop there. He was next asked whether he supports more heavily arming the Ukrainians.
“100% because the longer you drag this out, the more bloodshed, and the will of the American people and the Congress will dwindle until we can get this thing over with,” McCaul said.
McCaul’s comments come just after NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg warned that a “major war” could break out between Russia and the West.
“I fear that the war in Ukraine will get out of control, and spread into a major war between NATO and Russia,” Stoltenberg said.
The NATO secretary general, however, hastened to add that, in his opinion, the conflict can be avoided.
Thus far, since the start of the war between Russia and Ukraine, the U.S. Congress has sent some $66 billion to Ukraine. It’s a staggering figure, and Congress appears to be getting ready to send Ukraine another $37 billion, increasing the amount sent by more than 50%.
Many Republicans have criticized the U.S.’s handling of the situation given the myriad of problems Americans are facing on U.S. soil, and a new poll reveals that a significant percentage of Americans would agree.
The poll, which comes from Morning Consult, reveals that 48% of Republicans “support decreasing U.S. involvement in other countries affairs and reducing foreign aid provision,” 41% of Republicans “would prefer that U.S. foreign policy involve more limited deployment of U.S. troops, and would like to reduce American participation in military conflicts beyond the country’s borders,” and that “46% of Republican participants indicated that they would like to see America decrease its involvement in military conflicts.”
The poll indicates that many non-Republicans feel the same way. Yet, the American government – with McCaul about to take over the Foreign Affairs committee – is heading in the other direction.