Republican presidential candidate Chris Christie made a surprise visit to Ukraine on Friday to meet with President Volodymyr Zelensky.
Former Republican New Jersey governor Christie has criticized former President Donald Trump’s candidacy and populist political platform, including skepticism about continued U.S. funding for Ukraine in its war against Russia. ing. Mr Christie visited Kiev on Thursday and met with Mr Zelensky. He also visited locations on the outskirts of the city occupied by Russia in 2022. (Related article: ‘I’ll kick his asshole’: Chris Christie says he’ll win if he fights Trump)
“Meeted with Republican and former New Jersey Governor Christopher Christie,” Zelensky posted on X (formerly Twitter). “It is very important that Mr Christie started his visit to Ukraine with a visit to Bucha and saw with his own eyes the freedoms posed by Russian aggression and the threat to people around the world.”
I met with Republican and former New Jersey Governor Christopher Christie. And it is very important that Mr. Christie started his visit to Ukraine with a visit to Bucha to see with his own eyes the threats to freedom and to everyone in the world… pic.twitter.com/yZCoAiek4R
— Володимир Зеленський (@ZelenskyyUa) August 4, 2023
Bucha, a city in the Kiev metropolitan area, was occupied by Russia from February to April 2022, during which hundreds of civilians were allegedly killed by Russian forces. Accompanied by Ukrainian protective guards, Christi visited Bucha and other Kiev suburbs to observe the effects of the invasion. according to to the New York Times.
A photo posted by Mr Zelensky shows Mr Christie meeting with Mr Zelensky and his staff in the same room foreign leaders used to hold bilateral talks with Mr Zelensky. rice field. According to an Associated Press photo shared by The New York Times, Christie was also seen laying a wreath at a children’s memorial.
Besides Christie, former Vice President Mike Pence is the only current Republican presidential candidate to visit Ukraine.
“It was an honor to meet the President. @ZelenskyyUa Go to Ukraine and see firsthand the heroic deeds Ukrainians have shown in their fight against Russia. America has never moved forward ignoring the world. We can’t start now,” Christie tweeted.
“He really likes the strong,” Christie said on a train from Lviv to Kiev, the main route for high-level visitors due to the closure of Ukrainian airspace, referring to Russian President Vladimir Putin. criticized President Trump’s views on the Ukraine war. according to the NYT. He added that he would increase U.S. support for Ukraine, a position that has been heavily criticized by other candidates, including Republican Florida Governor Ron DeSantis.
A poll on US aid to Ukraine. $113 billion Allotted by Congress and varies. 62% of Americans believe Ukraine should be able to take back territory from Russia according to Unlike June’s Gallup poll, a new poll released on Friday revealed that 55% of Americans believe Congress should not give them more power. fundraising for Ukraine.
Bucha Mayor Anatoly Fedoruk wished Christi “political luck” during the visit, according to a New York Times report.Christie is currently voting at 2.2% in the Republican presidential primary, according to RealClearPolitics.
Christie did not immediately respond to the Daily Caller News Foundation’s request for comment.
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