Sen. Chris Coons (D-DE) said on CBS’ “Face The Nation” on Sunday that it was time for the United States to talk about sending troops to Ukraine.
Partial transcript as follows:
MARGARET BRENNAN: In some public remarks this week, you said the country needed to discuss when it would be ready to send troops to Ukraine. You said if the answer is never, then we are inviting Putin to another level of escalation and brutality. Are you saying that President Biden-
BRENNAN: – was wrong when he said he wouldn’t send troops to Ukraine? Do you ask him to stare at a red line?
COONS: Margaret, I think those of us in Congress who have a critical role in shaping foreign policy and advising the president in terms of his decisions as commander-in-chief need to look clearly at the level of brutality. This is a moment of enormous challenge for all of us. And I deeply respect President Biden’s leadership in bringing the West together and imposing crushing sanctions on Russia. And by bringing to this fight countries that had been on the sidelines before. I think President Biden’s leadership has been consistent and constructive. But this is a critical moment. If Vladimir Putin, who has shown us how brutal he can be, is allowed to continue massacring civilians, committing war crimes all over Ukraine without NATO, without the West coming to his help with more force, I am very – I deeply fear that what happens is going to happen next is that we will see Ukraine transform into Syria. The American people cannot turn away from this tragedy in Ukraine. I think the story of the 21st century revolves around how hard we stand for freedom in Ukraine and that Putin won’t stop until we stop him. I’ll end on this, Margaret. It’s a weekend where so many families come together to celebrate the best of the human spirit and where we mourn the loss of so much to do due to COVID. We must also pray and keep in mind those who are fighting for freedom in Ukraine and how their heroism and patriotism inspire us all.
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