Rep. Adam KinzingerAdam Daniel KinzingerAmericans must not ignore the advice of our greatest presidents GOP critics of Trump to gather in DC to offer CPAC ‘counterprogramming’ Trump praises McCarthy, Stefanik for endorsing Cheney challenger MORE (R-Ill.) on Tuesday slammed House Republicans for a tweet they issued after President BidenJoe BidenPentagon approves request for National Guard deployment ahead of DC trucker convoy Lee Harris discusses the past of the Development Finance Corporation’s new CEO Defense & National Security: US, allies hit Russia with sanctions MORE announced that the U.S. would be imposing sanctions on Russia, calling it “damn awful.”
On Tuesday, Biden announced U.S. sanctions against Russian elites and their relatives, sovereign debt and two financial institutions in response to the Russian invasion into eastern Ukraine. He also announced that he authorized more U.S. troops to be moved to three Baltic nations to bolster the eastern flank of NATO.
Following the president’s announcement, House Republicans issued a tweet saying, “This is what weakness on the world stage looks like” with a photo of Biden walking away from reporters after delivering remarks.
Kinzinger, who was censured by the Republican National Committee earlier this year along with Rep. Liz CheneyElizabeth (Liz) Lynn Cheney Cheney: Trump’s ‘adulation’ of Putin ‘aids our enemies’ Supreme Court deals final blow to Trump bid to stymie Jan. 6 panel Supreme Court turns away Trump’s appeal in dispute with House Jan. 6 panel MORE (R-Wyo.), condemned the tweet.
He said in a statement on Twitter that it “feeds into” Russian President Vladimir Putin’s narrative.
“As still ‘technically’ a member of house Republicans, let me, with all my might, condemn this damn awful tweet during this crisis. You can criticize policy but this is insane and feeds into Putins narrative. But hey, retweets amirite?” Kinzinger tweeted.
Kinzinger’s comments come as Republicans voiced their disapproval following Biden’s remarks, arguing that his administration has not taken tough enough steps against Russia and Putin.
Russia has already amassed as many as 190,000 troops near Ukraine, and the president acknowledged Tuesday that “this is the beginning of a Russian invasion of Ukraine.”
“Today’s sanctions are too little, too late,” Sen. Ben SasseBen SasseDefense & National Security: US, allies hit Russia with sanctions Biden, allies launch sanctions against Russia Biden describes Russia as eager to expand into Ukraine MORE (R-Neb.) said in a statement on Tuesday. “First, these sanctions should have happened before Putin further invaded Ukraine — not after. Second, economic sanctions now need to more aggressively target Putin’s oligarchs to make sure they feel real pain. Third, we shouldn’t fool ourselves into thinking that today’s incremental sanctions will deter Putin from trying to install a puppet government in Kyiv.”
House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthyKevin McCarthyIowa Gov. Reynolds to give GOP response to Biden State of the Union Five questions ahead of Trump’s social media launch Trump praises McCarthy, Stefanik for endorsing Cheney challenger MORE (R-Calif.) and several top House Republicans issued a statement on Tuesday calling for Congress to put more pressure on Biden to take harsher measures, such as putting in place secondary sanctions and “crippling penalties on the industries” that the Russian military relies on.