(LibertySociety.com) – President Joe Biden marked President’s Day, February 20th, 2023, in the United States by spending it in Kiev, Ukraine. During a speech, President Biden announced additional funding and supplies for Ukraine, just as Russia is gearing up for a new offensive against them. The President was expected to visit Poland for the one-year anniversary of the war, but instead took a detour to visit Ukraine first. Biden is looking to increase global support for Ukraine, with more funding from Japan announced by the Japanese Prime Minister.
Ammunition supply has been a concern, and Politico reported on February 14th, 2023 that U.S. troops were training Ukrainian soldiers how to use less ammo. Part of this training is how battlefield movements are conducted, with the goal of using less artillery ammunition. President Zelensky is interested in long-range weapons, and confirmed that him and President Biden have spoken on the matter. President Biden also recently promised to continue to support Ukraine, stating “freedom is priceless. It’s worth fighting for as long as it takes.”
Some are upset that President Biden chose to spend President’s Day in a foreign country, with lawmakers noting that he hasn’t taken the time to visit East Palestine, Ohio, the site of a train derailment carrying hazardous chemicals that have contaminated the water and air of the town. Both U.S. Senators from the state of Missouri criticized President Biden’s trip to Ukraine, asking why he wasn’t in Ohio instead. Other Republican lawmakers criticized him for caring more about the border between Ukraine and Russia than he does about the U.S. southern border.
Many lawmakers have called for increased transparency and accountability when it comes to continued funding for Ukraine, while some have called for it to stop altogether. Senator Mitch McConnell, R-KY, has repeated multiple times that the war in Ukraine is the top priority for Americans, most notably in Munich, Germany on February 18th, 2023, where he told his audience to listen to the people in power, not to the people on Twitter.
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