Senator Josh Hawley (R-MO) spoke with Fox News Digital following Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy’s address to the U.S. Congress. Hawley says “it was very powerful.”
“I thought it was very powerful. I thought his pleas to the administration to do more work were very, very powerful. He asked for tougher sanctions, which I think are very much in order. He asked for help in the skies.”
“And the administration course has been dragging their feet on this for reasons that I frankly don’t really understand. And then at the end, he said that, you know, he wished Joe Biden would step up and be the leader of the world. And, you know, that’s something that we all wish. So I think he hit the nail on the head there, and this administration has got to show some leadership,” Hawley said.
“They’ve failed to deter Russia…they’ve failed so far to show real strength. And what this president needs to do now is he needs to reopen American energy production, needs to sanction the Russians’ energy production and turn off their cash flow, and he needs to get weapons and ammunition to the Ukrainians.”
Hawley supports getting Ukrainians access to MiG-29 fighter jets from Poland, which would help them shoot down Russian planes.
“They’re asking for MiGs that I understand that the Polish government is prepared to give to them. And I see no reason why we wouldn’t support that. They’re asking for more and more sophisticated anti-aircraft weaponry. And I think we ought to supply that to them. And in my view, is we ought to be supplying them all of the weaponry. And this is all defensive in nature. We need to be supplying the weaponry and the elimination of anything that they can use. They know how to fly the MiGs. They’re trained Ukrainian pilots are trained on the MiGs.”
Read Hawley’s full response:
"They're asking for MiGs […] They're asking for more and more sophisticated anti-aircraft weaponry. And I think we ought to supply that to them." https://t.co/USKkNqvLST
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