The head of a federal agency let it slip during a CNN town hall panel last week that the U.S. is at war with Russia but “Ukrainians [are] doing the fighting.”
Samantha Power, the head of the United States Agency for International Development (USAID) was asked “what vital interest does the US have in Ukraine?” She responded by explaining that the U.S. is involved because “Americans understand bullies and the importance of standing up to bullies.”
She went on to suggest the U.S. is fighting against Russia through Ukrainian forces. “This isn’t just the United States and Russia, this in fact is Ukrainians on the front lines, Ukrainians doing the fighting,” Power said.
🇺🇸🇺🇦🇷🇺Samantha Power, the head of USAID, admits that the US is at war with Russia with the hands of Ukrainians.
"Ukrainians doing the fighting" – Samantha Power pic.twitter.com/cNWsYiuF8m
— AZ 🛰🌏🌍🌎 (@AZgeopolitics) February 28, 2023
Power also described how a “coalition of countries” are supporting and rallying behind Ukraine to combat Russia with the U.S.
Max Abrahams, an international studies professor at Northeastern University, called Power’s comments a “mistake.” “Sam Power makes a mistake in this interview. She says the US is building a coalition of countries so the war isn’t just one between the US and Russia,” he said on Twitter.
“One of the most erroneous and dangerous foreign policy views is that multilateralism necessarily predicts wisdom and success. Sam Power certainly should have learned this after the Libya intervention,” he added.
One of the most erroneous and dangerous foreign policy views is that multilateralism necessarily predicts wisdom and success. Sam Power certainly should have learned this after the Libya intervention.
— Max Abrahms (@MaxAbrahms) February 25, 2023
Speaking at a press conference on Saturday, former President Donald Trump called the Biden administration “stupid” for letting NATO and other European countries contribute a fraction of aid to Ukraine compared to the U.S. support.
Trump said that the Russia-Ukraine war “should be settled in 24 hours” and ripped into the Biden administration’s handling of the conflict. “Meanwhile, would you encourage congress to continue to provide aid to Ukraine,” a reporter asked Trump.
The former president responded by calling on Europe and NATO to start paying their fair share to Ukraine. Trump explained: “I would say that Europe should start spending money. We’re up to 140 billion dollars and they’re at like 15 billion. It’s the old story. Whether it’s trade with Europe or anything of the other things we do. NATO, look I got them to put up over $400 billion dollars because when I got there Europe wasn’t paying for NATO…and I got them to put up $447 billion dollars in a very short period of time. They wouldn’t have the money to be fighting Russia right now if it wasn’t for me.”
“What I don’t like seeing is that the united states is in for $140 billion and they’re in for less than $25 [billion],” Trump added.
Trump says only a "stupid country" would keep funding the Ukraine war as much as the U.S. does while NATO and Europe "put up a fraction" of U.S. aid. pic.twitter.com/ql2b8wOqBm
— Paul Aubert (@_paulaubert) March 4, 2023