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House Speaker Kevin McCarthy has rejected an invitation from the president of embattled Ukraine to visit the country, saying such a visit would not impact his “no blanks checks” position on Ukrainian aid.
“I don’t have to go to Ukraine to understand where there’s a blank check or not,” McCarthy told CNN Wednesday.
The California Republican’s own party is divided over whether to continue supplying aid to Ukraine, and if so, how much.
Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy apparently believes that a visit to the impacts of the war first-hand would help push the speaker to support more aid.
“Mr. McCarthy, he has to come here to see how we work, what’s happening here, what war caused us, which people are fighting now, who are fighting now,” Zelenskyy told CNN’s Wolf Blitzer. “And then after that, make your assumptions.”
“I think that Speaker McCarthy, he never visited Kyiv or Ukraine, and I think it would help him with his position,” Zelenskyy said.
McCarthy, however, reiterated his position: He supports Ukraine, but will not support writing the country a “blank check.”
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