Republicans in Congress are blaming what according to them is President Joe Biden’s Weakness on the world stage for inviting Russian aggression towards Ukraine.
A number of GOP lawmakers slammed Biden over his foreign policy. On Tuesday, Rep. Lisa McClain (R-Mich.) spoke to Fox News Digital and said that Biden’s geopolitical standing is “incredibly weak.”
“President Biden is incredibly weak on the world stage, which is why Vladimir Putin thought this was a great time to invade Ukraine,” she said via an email addressed to the news outlet.
“Now, more than ever, we need a president who will stand up to our adversaries and put strong sanctions on Russia to send a message loud and clear to the world that we will not tolerate this blatant violation of international law,” she went on to say.
McClain’s statement follows a chorus of multiple prominent GOP senators as they criticized Biden on online platforms in connection to the Russian invasion into Ukraine.
In a press release published on Monday, Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Texas) slammed the president, saying he “refused to meet” the U.S.’ commitments to the former soviet country. He also said that “Biden-Harris officials are to an enormous extent directly responsible for this crisis.”
“He and his administration instead settled for an endlessly deferred and wholly uncredible strategy of responding to Putin's aggression after an invasion,” the senator from Texas said. “They have pursued bizarre tactics like declassifying American intelligence and trying to shame Putin. That approach has failed.”
Cruz also described Russian President Vladimir Putin’s announcement on the same day that recognized the independence of separatist areas – the Luhansk People’s Republic and the Donetsk People’s Republic – of Ukraine as “just the latest step in his obsessive drive to rebuild the Soviet Union, at the expense of the national security of the United States and our allies.”
GOP Senators Slam Biden Over Ukraine-Russia Conflict
Meanwhile, Sen. Rubio (R-Fla.) said on Twitter, “Weakness always invites aggression. And weakness in response to aggression always invites others to be aggressive as well.”
Weakness always invites aggression
And weakness in response to aggression always invites others to be aggressive as well
— Marco Rubio (@marcorubio) February 21, 2022
On the other hand, Sen. Lindsey Graham of South Carolina published a tweet, saying that who “doubts – in light of Putin’s aggression – that if they had to do it over again Ukraine never would have given up their nuclear weapons?”
“I can only imagine the number of nations thinking right now that having a nuclear weapon is a good thing to have,” he added.
“One of the dangerous consequences of weakness in the face of aggression,” Graham went on to say.
On Monday, Graham asked for the U.S. to “destroy the ruble and crush the Russian oil and gas sector” in response to Putin’s aggression in Ukraine.
One of the dangerous consequences of weakness in the face of aggression.
— Lindsey Graham (@LindseyGrahamSC) February 21, 2022
“Putin’s decision to declare eastern Donetsk and Luhansk as independent regions within Ukraine is both a violation of the Minsk Agreements and a declaration of war against the people of Ukraine,” he added.
In a statement released by Former President Donald Trump with regards to the Russia-Ukraine conflict, he said that if “properly handled, there was absolutely no reason that the situation currently happening in Ukraine should have happened at all.”
“I know Vladimir Putin very well, and he would have never done during the Trump Administration what he is doing now, no way!” the former president wrote. “Russia has become very very rich during the Biden Administration, with oil prices doubling and soon to be tripling and quadrupling.”
On Tuesday, the Biden administration declared the movement of Russian troops into Ukraine as an “invasion.”