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‘It Shouldn’t Take That Long’ - Pence Slams Biden’s ‘Terrible Job’ in Ukraine

By Belal Awad · July 23, 2023

In brief…

  • Former VP Mike Pence criticizes President Biden's handling of the war in Ukraine.
  • Accuses Biden of foot-dragging on supplying Ukraine with necessary military aid to combat Russia.
  • Pence said Biden must stand firm with Ukraine against Russia to assert American global leadership.
  • Pence chides Biden for prioritizing rhetoric over action and aid regarding Ukraine.
Mike Pence  Wikimedia Commons

Former Vice President Mike Pence made a stinging critique of President Biden’s handling of the war in Ukraine, a centerpiece of the White House’s foreign policy agenda. A 2024 presidential hopeful, Republican Pence called out Biden for foot-dragging on supplying Ukraine wiht the military aid it needs to defeat their Russian adversary.

“I know he said we’re there as long as it takes, but frankly, it shouldn’t take that long.” Pence told CNN. He stress the need to stand firm with Ukraine against Russian hostility, explaining that staunch commitment to our allies makes clear to nations such as China “that America is the leader of the free world, and we’re not going to tolerate either Russia or China, should they attempt to do so, to redraw international lines by force.”

Pence suggested Biden’s approach leans more towards rhetoric than action, saying, “Joe Biden gives these gauzy speeches about democracy in Ukraine. Well, look, we’re there supporting them on a military basis and supporting their soldiers for the reason that I believe if Vladimir Putin overran Ukraine, it wouldn’t be long before the Russian military crossed the border where our men and women in uniform would be called upon to go and fight to defend.”

Pence chided the Biden administration for its hesitancy to deliver critical military aid to Ukraine and making Russian President Vladimir Putin understand the US will do what it takes to defend Ukraine. “To me, making that clear that [supporting Ukraine is in] our national interest… Giving the Ukrainians what they need to repel the Russian invasion, I think is the best way to send a message.”