Rep. Elise Stefanik of New York, the No. 3 Republican in the House, addressed Russia’s invasion of Ukraine on Thursday, laying the blame squarely at the feet of President Joe Biden.
America’s adversaries have been “assessing and measuring Joe Biden’s leadership on the world stage,” she stressed, and “he has abysmally failed on every metric.”
“After just one year of a weak, feckless, and unfit President of the United States and Commander-in-Chief, the world is less safe. Rather than peace through strength, we are witnessing Joe Biden’s foreign policy of war through weakness,” Stefanik noted.
“For the past year, our adversaries around the world have been assessing and measuring Joe Biden’s leadership on the world stage, and he has abysmally failed on every metric,” she continued.
“From kinetic and deadly attacks on our allies and partners, to the catastrophic withdrawal and surrender in Afghanistan, to the cyber attacks impeding American industry and infrastructure, to today’s Russian invasion of Ukraine, Joe Biden and his Administration have failed America and the world,” the New York Republican noted further.
“I join the American people in praying for the safety of innocent Ukrainians as they endure an unwarranted and unjustified invasion by a gutless, bloodthirsty, authoritarian dictator. Vladimir Putin is a war criminal and deranged thug. We must stand with democracies under assault,” she said.
Stefanik then laid out what she believes Biden must do to halt Russian aggression.
“If peace is to prevail, the United States and NATO must respond with the only language Putin understands — strength. It’s long past time President Biden took swift and devastating action to cripple the Russian economy and impose severe irrecoverable consequences on the corrupt regime of Vladimir Putin,” she wrote.