WASHINGTON. – US House of Representatives Speaker Kevin McCarthy said he rejected Ukraine’s President Vladimir Zelensky’s request to deliver a speech during a joint session of the US Congress.
“Zelensky asked for a joint meeting. “We just didn’t have time,” McCarthy said, noting that Zelensky had already been given the opportunity to speak at a joint session of Congress.
In this regard, he noted that the Ukrainian President would meet with members of the institution. “What we are doing with Zelensky is exactly the same as what we did with the prime minister of the United Kingdom and the prime minister of Italy,” he said.
Asked what topics he would address during the meeting with the Ukrainian president, McCarthy said: “I think the best thing is to sit down and ask questions.” What is the plan for victory? Where do we currently stand on the battlefield? (And address accountability issues) that many members have questions about.”
Earlier this week, McCarthy questioned his support for the $24 billion in military aid to Ukraine that the White House recently requested.
“Was (Vladimir) Zelensky elected to Congress? Is he our president? “I don’t think I have to commit to anything and I think I have questions for him,” the Republican politician said.
“Where is the responsibility for the money we have already spent? What is the plan for victory? I think that’s what the American public wants to know,” McCarthy continued.