Schumer and McConnell attend Munich conference and show bipartisan support for Ukraine

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Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer, D-N.Y., left, accompanied by Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., arrive for President Joe Biden’s State of the Union address to a joint session of Congress at the Capitol, Tuesday, Feb. 7, 2023, in Washington. (AP Photo/Jose Luis Magana) Jose Luis Magana/AP

Schumer and McConnell attend Munich conference and show bipartisan support for Ukraine

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Senate leaders Mitch McConnell (R-KY) and Chuck Schumer (D-NY) visited the Munich Security Conference and met with German Prime Minister Olaf Schultz in a show of bipartisan support for NATO and Ukraine.

Each spoke on Friday. They praised the support of the opposing party, the Hill reported.

McConnell made an effort to cast the majority of Republicans as outspoken supporters of the United States’s aid to Ukraine.

“I am a conservative Republican from America, and I come in peace. Reports about the death of Republican support for strong American leadership in the world have been greatly exaggerated,” McConnell said.

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“Don’t look at Twitter. Look at people in power. Look at me and Speaker Kevin McCarthy. Look at the top Republicans on the Senate and House committees that handle armed services, foreign affairs, appropriations and intelligence” issues, he added.

In a rare praise of Republicans, Schumer thanked Republicans for cooperating with Democrats and President Joe Biden in providing extensive aid for Ukraine.

“To the people of Ukraine, I pledge that the United States Senate will not abandon our commitment to stand shoulder with you in this time of war. I am proud that the U.S. Senate has approved $113 billion in military, economic, and humanitarian aid to Ukraine over the last year,” Schumer said.

“I want to thank my Republican colleagues who’ve championed American aid to the Ukrainians, especially my friend Mitch McConnell, the Republican leader in the Senate,” he added.

Schumer later compared Russian President Vladimir Putin with Soviet Premier Joseph Stalin.

“We need only look back a few generations ago — to the Holodomor, when Stalin starved millions of Ukrainians — to see what horrors can happen when the world turns a blind eye to Russian aggression,” he said.

“And like Stalin, Putin will not stop at Ukraine. A Russian victory will not lead to detente but even more belligerence. Again: We dare not ignore the lessons of history. Appeasement only empowers autocrats,” he continued.

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Despite McConnell’s image of widespread Republican support for Ukraine, polls show that the party’s support for extensive U.S. aid to the country has soured drastically. A recent poll from the Associated Press-NORC Center for Public Affairs Research found that just 39% of Republicans believe that the U.S. should provide weapons to Ukraine, and just 21% support sending government funds. McCarthy has also backtracked on his support for aid to Ukraine against hard-liner pressure, promising not to give the country a “blank check.”

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