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US House representative says Russian propaganda has infected US Congress

08.04.2024, 12:13

House Intelligence Committee Chair Mike Turner stressed the expansive reach of Russian propaganda, saying it has even presented itself on the floor of the U.S. Congress.

He said it on April 7 in an interview on CNN’s “State of the Union” with Jake Tapper, reports The Hill.

Turner said he agreed with Rep. Michael McCaul (R-Texas), chair of the House Foreign Affairs Committee, who singled out conservative news outlets and said, “Russian propaganda has made its way into the United States, unfortunately, and it’s infected a good chunk of my party’s base.”

“Oh, it’s absolutely true,” Turner told Tapper about McCaul’s remarks. “We see directly coming from Russia attempts to mask communications that are anti-Ukraine and pro-Russia messages, some of which we even hear being uttered on the House floor.”

“I mean, there are members of Congress today, who still incorrectly say that this conflict between Russia and Ukraine is over NATO, which of course it is not,” Turner said. “[Russian President] Vladimir Putin having made it very clear, both publicly and to his own population, that his view is that this is a conflict of a much broader claim of Russia, to Eastern Europe, and including claiming all of Ukraine territory as Russia’s.”

Turner said the propaganda has made it increasingly more difficult to pass Ukraine aid and to present a clear picture of a battle between democracy and authoritarianism.

“Now, to the extent that this propaganda takes hold, it makes it more difficult for us to really see this as an authoritarian versus democracy battle, which is what it is. President Xi [Jinping] of China, Vladimir Putin himself have identified it as such,” Turner said.

“We need to stand up for democracy. We need to make certain that we know that authoritarian regimes never stop when they start an aggression. Ukraine needs our help and assistance now and this is a very critical time for the U.S. Congress to step up and provide that aid,” Turner continued.

On April 7, President Volodymyr Zelensky said in a conversation with the ambassadors of the charity platform UNITED24 that without the support from the United States Ukraine will find it difficult "will just to win, but even to remain."

On February 13, 2024, the US Senate passed a funding bill that includes $60 billion for Ukraine. This bill must now be approved by the US House of Representatives but its passing is being blocked by Republicans, who demand tougher US immigration policy.

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