New Speaker of the House of Foreign Affairs Michael McCaul (R-TX) has called for arms to be sent to Ukraine to help destroy the Russian military, as public officials have increasingly warned of the prospect of a “major war” between the West and Russia.
CBS News asked McCaul about House Republican Leader Kevin McCarthy’s (R-CA) assertion that a House Republican majority would not send a “blank check” to Ukraine.
McCaul did not speak of any limitations on aid to Ukraine; instead, the Republican from Texas explained how well Ukraine’s weaponry is doing in destroying the Russian military.
“I support Ukraine. I think the amount of investment we had is very small compared to the destruction of the Russian army. And that’s what we did without a single American soldier being attacked , killed or in the country. For me, it’s a very good investment,” McCaul said in a Friday interview with CBS News.
McCaul then said more aid to help Ukraine in the conflict with Russia would come with “oversight”, “transparency” and “accountability”.
When asked if he was in favor of sending heavier weapons to Ukraine in its protracted war with Russia, he replied: “One hundred percent because the longer you drag this out, the more there is bloodshed. And the will of the American people and of Congress will diminish until we can get this over with.”
McCaul spoke after NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg warned on Friday that a full-fledged “major war” between Russia and the West could eventually break out over Ukraine.
“I fear that the war in Ukraine will spiral out of control and turn into a major war between NATO and Russia,” warned the NATO Secretary General. However, he added that he believed such a possibility could be avoided.
McCaul’s enthusiastic support for more weapons for Ukraine remains in conflict with a near majority of Republican voters, who have said they would like to cut foreign aid to Ukraine.
Congress is set to award up to $37 billion in aid to Ukraine, which would likely be part of a Continuing Resolution (CR) or omnibus spending bill this winter. So far, Congress has allocated $66 billion in aid to Ukraine.
The Morning Consult poll found that 48% of registered Republican voters want to cut foreign aid supplies. The survey found that 48% of Republicans want to reduce their involvement in the affairs of other countries.
House Freedom Caucus Chairman Scott Perry (R-PA), a member of the House Foreign Affairs Committee, told Breitbart News in early November that Americans needed to know if the United States was waging a “proxy war.” against Russia.