Home Overseas Affairs Committee Chairman Michael McCaul (R-Texas) slammed the Biden administration for its “slow-walk” on sending support to Ukraine, including that the transfer is dragging out the battle, which is “exactly what Putin needs.”
Throughout an interview on ABC’s “This Week,” McCaul instructed host Martha Raddatz that it’s “unlucky” that Biden just isn’t sending F-16 fighter jets to Ukraine instantly.
“In the event that they don’t get the momentum proper now with the Russian offensive coming into the nation proper now, they’ve a window of time with the counter-offensive,” he mentioned. “That’s why it’s vital.”
“After we slow-walk and slow-pace this factor, it drags it out. And that’s exactly what Putin needs,” he added.
McCaul led his personal delegation to Kyiv simply someday after Biden’s go to this week. McCaul famous that numerous the high-ranking army officers he met with throughout his go to had been in favor of the U.S. placing “not solely F-16s in however longer-range artillery to take out the Iranian drones in Crimea.”
McCaul additionally mentioned he talked to Joint Chiefs of Workers Chairman Gen. Mark Milley concerning the MGM-140 Military Tactical Missile System (ATACMS) and the F-16s, which he mentioned just isn’t “off the desk.”
“I feel with sufficient stress from Congress on either side of the aisle, we will get into Ukraine what they actually need to win this combat,” McCaul mentioned. “In any other case, what are we doing in Ukraine?”
McCaul’s requires extra support to Ukraine echo final weeks sentiment, when he mentioned he’s hopeful the U.S. will ship extra missiles and transfer to produce fighter jets to Kyiv.
“The longer they wait, the longer this battle will prevail,” McCaul mentioned final week throughout an interview on CNN’s “State of the Union” on the Munich Safety Convention in Germany.