In his floor remarks Thursday, Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell welcomed Ukrainian President Volodomyr Zelensky to the US Capitol and defended US aid to Ukraine.
“American support for Ukraine is not charity. It’s an investment in our own direct interests,” the top Senate Republican said.
“Degrading Russia’s military power helps to deter our primary strategic adversary, China,” McConnell added.
On Zelensky’s visit, the GOP senator said he was glad that “our colleagues got an opportunity to hear from him firsthand and ask questions about the state of Ukraine’s counteroffensive.”
Earlier, Zelensky described his meeting with US senators on Capitol Hill as a "great dialogue." Prior to meeting with the senators, he had also met with lawmakers from the US House of Representatives. House Speaker Kevin McCarthy would not commit to reporters on putting Ukraine aid on the chamber's floor by end of the year despite what he described as a productive meeting with Zelensky, insisting instead domestic spending is a priority.