Rep. Elise Stefanik (R-New York), who is the third-ranking Republican in the House, blamed President Joe Biden for Russia’s attack on Ukraine while meeting with local farmers in Rensselaer County on Thursday.

“After just one year of a weak, feckless, and unfit President of the United States and Commander-in-Chief, the world is less safe,” Stefanik said. “Rather than peace through strength, we are witnessing Joe Biden’s foreign policy of war through weakness. For the past year, our adversaries around the world have been assessing and measuring Joe Biden’s leadership on the world stage, and he has abysmally failed on every metric. From kinetic and deadly attacks on our allies and partners, to the catastrophic withdrawal and surrender in Afghanistan, to the cyberattacks impeding American industry and infrastructure, to today’s Russian invasion of Ukraine, Joe Biden and his Administration have failed America and the world.”

Stefanik advocated for crippling the Russian economy through harsh sanctions and said that Russian President Vladimir Putin only understands strength.

The staunch ex-President Donald Trump supporter echoed his own statements, deflecting responsibility to the Biden administration. Trump has been a relentless ally of Putin’s to the dismay of many traditional Republicans.

Trump said earlier this week, “This would not have happened during my administration. It wouldn’t have taken place and it wouldn’t have taken place right now.”

“It’s long past time President Biden take swift and devastating action to cripple the Russian economy and impose severe irrecoverable consequences on the corrupt regime of Vladimir Putin,” Stefanik added.

Stefanik did not address the odd contraction of her support for Trump and his pro-Kremlin views.

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