McCarthy Rejects Zelensky Speech As Ukrainian President Tells D.C. Kyiv Is ‘Winning’

Ukrainian leader’s visit to DC comes after the Biden White House requested Congress approve around $24 billion in additional aid

  • Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky returned to Washington Thursday to reassure lawmakers that his country is winning its 19-month-old war with Russia — only to face eroding support among congressional Republicans for continuing to back Kyiv’s forces.
  • In the most outward sign of a lukewarm reception, House Speaker Kevin McCarthy (R-Calif.) denied Zelensky’s request to address a joint meeting of Congress, which the Ukrainian leader last did in December.
  • “Zelensky asked for a joint session, we just didn’t have time. He’s already given a joint session,” McCarthy told reportersafter a morning meeting with the Ukrainian president.
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