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Washington, D.C. – House Republican Leader Kevin McCarthy (CA-23) joined Fox News’ Sunday Morning Futures to discuss Russia’s invasion of Ukraine and American foreign policy.

“Well, when you look at Putin, this man is reckless, evil, and dangerous. There’s two reasons why he could be doing this: one, because this war is not going well, and he’s being painted into a corner, and he wants to be a stronger hand to try to negotiate a way out,” said McCarthy. “The second one is he’s unstable.”

Excerpts from the interview can be found below, or you can watch the full video here.

“Think about President Zelenskyy, how far they are fighting. Think if they had half the weapons we left in Afghanistan, they would have paid for them, but Russia would have never entered, Russia would have been falling even today. Think if Zelenskyy would have taken President Biden’s advice of leaving the country. [The Ukrainian Government] would have collapsed. He is a modern day Winston Churchill. We do not need a Neville Chamberlain to appease a dictator. We’ve watched through history how that was a mistake.”

“I would say people are very afraid of JCPOA, the negotiations… Remember the [Iran deal] allowed Iran to have a nuclear weapon. Now they’re moving forward, [and the deal currently being negotiated] may even be weaker. This puts a fear in all [of] the Middle East for Iran to ever have a nuclear weapon. If you’re worried about what Putin said today, think about what Iran says every single day; it wants to wipe Israel and America off the face of the Earth. We would never want to have Iran or never allow Iran to have a nuclear weapon.”

“President Biden has asked for a supplemental billions of dollars for Ukraine. We’re asking that if we put in there to speed up the process, give us the [Keystone] XL pipeline. Let’s have a movement to speed up our ability to drill on federal lands. Let’s put a speed-up ability to send [liquified natural gas] to Europe as well. Those are the things we’d look for adding because that would be more detrimental even than the sanctions going forward long term.”