Home Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) this weekend turned the highest-ranking U.S. official to go to Ukraine for the reason that begin of Russia’s invasion, after she led a small delegation of Democratic lawmakers on an unannounced go to to Kyiv. She described the journey as a “solemn alternative and extraordinary honor.”
Pelosi was joined by fellow Democrats Reps. Adam B. Schiff (Calif.), chair of the Home Intelligence Committee; Rep. Gregory W. Meeks (N.Y.), International Affairs Committee chair; Jim McGovern (Mass.), chair of the Guidelines Committee; and Reps. Barbara Lee (Calif.), William R. Keating (Mass.) and Jason Crow (Colo.).
America stands firmly with Ukraine.
Grateful to be right here in Poland the place we might be assembly with President Andrzej Duda & senior officers. https://t.co/FG15f8uL32
— Rep. Barbara Lee (@RepBarbaraLee) May 1, 2022
Pelosi met on Saturday with Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky to reiterate U.S. assist “till the struggle is completed.”
In a press convention on Sunday, Pelosi referred to as on different members of Congress to approve President Biden’s request for $33 billion in humanitarian and financial support to Ukraine. “Our members had been proud to ship the message [to Ukraine] that further American assist is on the best way, as we work to remodel President Biden’s robust funding request right into a legislative bundle,” Pelosi stated after her journey.
Right this moment, our delegation was happy to satisfy with Speaker @ElzbietaWitek to debate the shared dedication and work of our legislatures to additional strengthen the vital bonds between the U.S. & Poland. pic.twitter.com/UUnykvsAKA
— Nancy Pelosi (@SpeakerPelosi) May 2, 2022
She additionally didn’t mince phrases about President Vladimir Putin: “Don’t be bullied by bullies. In the event that they’re making threats, you can not again down. That’s my view of it,” Pelosi stated throughout a Sunday press convention primarily based in Poland. “You can’t fold to a bully.”
Monday marked the 67th day of Russia’s occupation of Ukraine. Ladies in Ukraine particularly face particular wartime tragedies, together with rape, sexual slavery and forced pregnancy. Pelosi’s go to alerts a deepening U.S. dedication to a rustic beneath siege.