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On Monday, the House minority leader posted a tweet where he expressed regrets that the U.S. didn’t supply Ukraine with weapons earlier and suggested speeding up weapons sales to Taiwan “so they can safeguard their future against China.”
Just as the United States should have supplied weapons to Ukraine sooner, we should speed up the sale of weapons to Taiwan so they can safeguard their future against China.
— Kevin McCarthy (@GOPLeader) March 7, 2022
The issue with the tweet is that the reason the U.S. didn’t get those weapons to Ukraine earlier is because former President Donald Trump sought a quid pro quo and threatened to withhold $391 million in military aid unless the country investigated his political rivalJoe Biden.
It was this issue that led to Trump’s first impeachment in December 2019.
Many people with apparently better memories than McCarthy happily reminded him and brought receipts.
Donald Trump illegally cut off defensive aid to Ukraine to blackmail President Zelenskyy and McCarthy defended it. https://t.co/3XifrosvDa
— Rep. Don Beyer (@RepDonBeyer) March 7, 2022
— Jackie Calmes (@jackiekcalmes) March 7, 2022
— Adam Weinstein (@AdamWeinstein) March 7, 2022
You voted to allow the president to withhold weapons to extort Zelensky for a Biden smear. Sit down.
— Helen Kennedy 🌻 (@HelenKennedy) March 7, 2022
Did you say that to Trump when he withheld the congressionally-authorized military assistance to Ukraine to coerce Zelenskyy to help Trump’s re-election campaign? https://t.co/qovM4zAeY1
— Daniel Goldman (@danielsgoldman) March 7, 2022
When Trump said that Russia's annexation of Crimea was "so smart," Russia was listening. When Trump held up US military assistance to Ukraine, Russia was watching. When Pompeo said that Americans don't give a f* about Ukraine, Russia loved it. Here we are.https://t.co/b7CZmmzS2N
— Julia Davis (@JuliaDavisNews) March 7, 2022
— DNC War Room (@DNCWarRoom) March 7, 2022
Who writes these self-condemnatory missives? Does McCarthy have a Biden supporter ghost writing his tweets for fun? https://t.co/AkNx2NeHSr
— davidrlurie (@davidrlurie) March 7, 2022
McCarthy not only defended Trump illegally disarming Ukraine but said he was right to do so. Shamelessness is their superpower. https://t.co/t8QDpSaDA5
— Aaron Rupar (@atrupar) March 7, 2022
This article originally appeared on HuffPost and has been updated.