As public authorities have increasingly warned about the possibility of a “big conflict” between the West and Russia, incoming House Foreign Affairs Chair Michael McCaul (R-TX) has asked for armaments to be sent to Ukraine to help defeat the Russian military.
McCaul was asked by CBS News about House Republican Leader Kevin McCarthy’s declaration that a Republican majority in the House would not give a “blank check” to Ukraine.
McCaul didn’t mention any restrictions on aid going to Ukraine; instead, he emphasized how arming Ukraine is helping to undermine Russia’s military.
“I back Ukraine. I believe that the amount of investment we’ve made is little in comparison to dismantling Russia’s military. And we’ve done it without a single American soldier being killed, attacked, or killed in action. To me, that’s a fairly decent investment,” McCaul remarked in a CBS News interview on Friday.
McCaul went on to say that greater funding for Ukraine’s battle with Russia will be accompanied by “oversight,” “accountability,” and “transparency.”
When asked if he supports supplying stronger weapons to Ukraine in its ongoing conflict with Russia, he answered, “100% because the longer this war drags out, the more carnage. And the will of Congress and the American people will dwindle until we can finish this thing.”
McCaul said after NATO Sec. General Jens Stoltenberg cautioned on Friday that a full-fledged “major conflict” between Russia and the West over Ukraine was possible.
“I am concerned that the conflict in Ukraine may spiral out of control and escalate into a serious conflict between NATO and Russia,” NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg said. However, he noted that he feels such a scenario is avoidable.
McCaul’s strong support for additional armaments for Ukraine contrasts with the views of the vast majority of Republican voters, who have stated a desire to reduce foreign aid to Ukraine.
Congress is ready to provide up to $37 billion in aid to Ukraine this winter, most likely in the form of a continuing resolution or omnibus budget measure. Congress has so far allocated $66 billion in aid to Ukraine.
According to a Morning Consult poll, 48% of Republican voters want to reduce foreign aid supply.