On a Monday episode of “Deadline: White House,” MSNBC host Nicolle Wallace declared that Republicans are “a danger to national security.”
The host referred to Republican Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy’s statement on Fox News Sunday that “there’s a lot of support for NATO continuing forward.” Wallace said his comment “covers many of his own people.”
“That’s not true, we all know that is not true because a week ago [or] two weeks ago, 63 House GOP members voted against a nonbinding resolution offering unqualified support for NATO,” Wallace said. “How can you get Democrats to go on the offensive and describe Republicans as a danger to national security.”
63 Republicans in the House voted against a resolution showing support for NATO and calling on President Biden to keep to “democratic founding principles,” according to Business Insider. Reps. Jim Jordan from Ohio, Lauren Boebert from Colorado, Marjorie Taylor Greene from Georgia, and Paul Gosar from Arizona were among those who opposed the document.
The resolution, introduced by a Democratic Virginia congressman named Gerald Connolly, passed with a 362-63 vote and 143 GOP lawmakers voting in favor, according to the outlet.
In March, Montana Rep. Matt Rosendale, Kentucky Rep. Thomas Massie, and Arizona Rep. Paul Gosar voted against a resolution that backed the Ukrainians, which passed with a 426-3 margin. The bill was opposed by Montana Representative Matt Rosendale, Kentucky Representative Thomas Massie, and Arizona Representative Paul Gosar.
Many Republicans have criticized Biden’s lack of response to the conflict in Ukraine. During a March 15 appearance on Fox News, Republican Louisiana Sen. John Kennedy urged the President to dispatch MiG fighters at Zelenskyy’s request.
“I believe that, not always but frequently, particularly in this case, President Biden has a wishbone where his backbone should be,” Kennedy said. “Poland offered to send the planes, which Ukraine needs desperately, to an American and NATO air force base in Germany for subsequent transfer to Ukraine. Biden told him no because it made him uneasy. But there are other methods we can transfer those planes.”
During his campaign, Donald Trump repeatedly criticized the amount of U.S. funds given to NATO. In a June 2021 statement, he charged that the organization had ” taken economic advantage of the United States for many years.” Nonetheless, he had previously been in favor of increasing funding and got commitments from several European nations to fulfill their obligations under Article 5.