US Republicans Urge Ukraine Aid Vote, After 'Russian Propaganda' Warnings

According to Reuters, Washington On Monday, Mike Pompeo, the secretary of state for former U.S. President Donald Trump, weighed in on the growing chorus of prominent Republicans urging the passage of billions of dollars in aid for Ukraine.

The U.S. Senate approved Democratic President Joe Biden's request for $95 billion for Ukraine, Israel, and other allies with 70% support; however, the House of Representatives has been gridlocked for weeks due to Republican House Speaker Mike Johnson's refusal to permit a vote.

Monday, upon the return of Congressmen to Washington following a two-week recess, Johnson refrained from stating whether a vote on Biden's supplemental request was imminent.

We urge you to take the initiative with determination and submit the aid package for a vote," Pompeo and John Walter, president of the Hudson Institute, where Pompeo is a fellow, wrote in a letter.

The letter in question and recent claims made by the Republican chairs of two House national security committees regarding the influence of "Russian propaganda" on party members were not addressed by Johnson's office.

Democratic leader of the House Foreign Affairs Committee Michael McCaul told Puck News last week, "Unfortunately, Russian propaganda has infiltrated a significant portion of my party's base in the United States."

Furthermore, the head of the House Intelligence Committee, Representative Mike Turner, stated on CNN's "State of the Union" on Sunday that McCaul's claim was "absolutely true."

Turner emphasized: "We see directly coming from Russia attempts to mask communications that are anti-Ukraine and pro-Russia messages, some of which we even hear being uttered on the House floor."

Turner stated, for instance, that certain members of Congress "erroneously" assert that the Ukraine-Russia conflict is caused by NATO.

"To the extent that this propaganda takes hold, it makes it more difficult for us to really see this as an authoritarian versus democracy battle," Turner asserted.