Mike Pence says he “marveled” at the courage of Ukraine’s president

Former Vice President Mike Pence recently expressed warm words of praise for Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy.

During a Thursday appearance on Newsmax’s “The Record With Greta Van Susteren,” Pence said he “marveled” at Zelenskyy’s courage.

Pence says America must back Ukraine “until Russia withdraws, or peace is restored”

“I think the United States of America needs to send an unambiguous message, as leader of the free world, that we will support the people of Ukraine in their fight to defend their nation and defend their sovereignty until Russia withdraws, or peace is restored,” Pence stated.

Not all conservatives are so impressed by Ukraine’s president, however. Last week, Fox News host Tucker Carlson complained that Zelenskyy insists on demanding more money despite there being little in the way of accountability.

The host remarked that billions in American aid “is still not enough for the president of Ukraine, Zelenskyy,” adding, “He doesn’t ask the U.S. Congress for money–he demands it.”

“Do you know that guy? Who is that guy?” Carlson asked after playing a series of clips in which Zelenskyy could be seen requesting additional funds. “He’s some Ukrainian corrupt strongman, and he’s demanding money from us? The gall.”

Last month, Georgia Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene convened a press conference during which she called for an audit of aid sent to Ukraine.

Meanwhile, Fox News reported in October that House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy said the Eastern European country cannot receive “a blank check” while Americans are facing a recession.

Pence admits that accountability is needed

Pence echoed those calls for accountability, saying, “When it comes to Ukraine, and I think this is another one of the benefits to the new Republican [House] majority, I know they will ask the hard questions about where the dollars are being spent.”

However, the former vice president stressed that “what we don’t want to do is give any encouragement to the enemies of freedom around the world, beginning with [Russian President] Vladimir Putin.”

Pence added that he wants “to make it clear that we want to make sure Ukraine has the resources that they need to defend themselves and defend their nation.”