Senator Ted Cruz (R-TX) criticized President Joe Biden’s recent visit to Ukraine, describing it as a mere publicity stunt.
During an episode of his podcast, Cruz dismissed Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenky’s actions as nothing more than theater, while claiming that Biden’s visit was accompanied by fabricated air raid sirens, as The Washington Examiner reported.
The President’s unannounced trip to the conflict-ridden region aimed to demonstrate solidarity with the Western world against Russian aggression. Biden held talks with Zelensky and delivered a speech to this effect on Monday.
“The video should have ended with ‘I’m Joe Biden and I approve this message’ because it was a TV ad,” Cruz said of the videos showing the two presidents walking in Kyiv, the Ukrainian capital, while sirens blared.
“Zelensky is engaged in theater as well. Look, Zelensky, before he was president, he was an actor. He was a professional actor on a popular sitcom in Ukraine. And now, he’s president,” Cruz continued.
“He understands acting, and so it’s a little jarring seeing all of these images of him in a sweatshirt and fatigues next to Biden in his pressed suit.
“Whether in the Oval Office or in Ukraine, Zelensky is always in this outfit, and it is a costume. And he understands what he’s doing. It is performance.”
Some conservatives suspected that the sirens during Biden’s tour were staged due to CNN reporter Alex Marquardt’s comments saying, “I’ve been here for the past five days. I have not heard any explosions. I have not heard any air sirens until about half an hour ago, right when President Biden was in the center of Kyiv.”
Cruz added, “The fact that neither Biden nor Zelensky flinch, look around, do anything when the air raid sirens go off means both of them knew about it.”
Biden’s Statements in Ukraine
The president noted that he was in the country to mark the one-year anniversary of Russia’s invasion in Ukraine, saying “I am in Kyiv today to meet with President Zelenskyy and reaffirm our unwavering and unflagging commitment to Ukraine’s democracy, sovereignty, and territorial integrity.
“When Putin launched his invasion nearly one year ago, he thought Ukraine was weak and the West was divided. He thought he could outlast us,” Biden said while visiting Ukraine, according to the White House. “But he was dead wrong.”
“Today, in Kyiv, I am meeting with President Zelenskyy and his team for an extended discussion on our support for Ukraine.
“I will announce another delivery of critical equipment, including artillery ammunition, anti-armor systems, and air surveillance radars to help protect the Ukrainian people from aerial bombardments. And I will share that later this week, we will announce additional sanctions against elites and companies that are trying to evade or backfill Russia’s war machine.
“Over the last year, the United States has built a coalition of nations from the Atlantic to the Pacific to help defend Ukraine with unprecedented military, economic, and humanitarian support – and that support will endure.