Fox News host mocks Zelensky: "Who are you, troll? Go away!"
A Fox News host describes the Ukrainian President as a "celebrity-endorsed dictator of the most corrupt nation in Europe."
Fox News' popular conservative TV host, Tucker Carlson, considered that Ukraine President Volodymyr Zelensky's "Christmas list" of demands for more assistance from the US should be rejected by Congress after the Ukrainian President requested tens of billions of dollars from his Western allies amid the war against Russia.
Speaking during his Thursday show on Fox News, the commentator described the Ukrainian President as a "celebrity-endorsed dictator of the most corrupt nation in Europe."
"What? Some uppity foreigner in a T-shirt demanding money for his ‘critical economic needs’? We have critical economic needs too, buddy. Who are you, troll? Go away!" Carlson considered, asking the US administration in a mocking way if Zelensky had a claim on the nation’s treasury.
Zelensky asked on Wednesday for $55 billion in aid from the International Monetary Fund (IMF) and the World Bank in order to rebuild Ukrainian critical infrastructure.
"The more assistance Ukraine gets now, the sooner we'll come to an end to the Russian war, and the sooner and more reliably we will guarantee that such a cruel war will not spread into other countries," the Ukrainian President said, speaking virtually to Finance Ministers in Washington.
On her part, US Treasury Secretary Janet Yellen said Washington would begin to disburse another $4.5 billion in aid to Kiev in the coming weeks.
Biden warns Zelensky against ungrateful remarks
On October 12, US President Joe Biden warned Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky that it would be difficult to keep asking the US Congress for money if he continued to complain about not receiving enough assistance, The Washington Post reported, citing a former White House official.
Since Russia's special military operation in February, Zelensky and his entourage have repeatedly called on the US and other NATO countries for more financial and military aid, demanding harsher sanctions against Russia although Washington has already sent the lion's share of weapons to Ukraine, the newspaper reported.
Yet, Biden still promises Zelensky advanced air defense systems
Despite Zelensky's repeated ungrateful remarks, US President Joe Biden's administration has pledged to support Ukraine in its war against Russia for "as long as it takes" and has been increasingly providing Kiev with advanced weapons.
On Tuesday, Zelensky also called on the G7 group to assist Kiev in constructing an "air shield". NATO Secretary-General Jens Stoltenberg indicated that the "top priority" of Ukraine's Western backers was to supply it with more air defenses.
Zelensky was assured by Biden that the US still intends to ship air defense systems to Ukraine alongside security assistance. The latest security package issued by Biden for the war in Ukraine entails $625 million worth of HIMARS missiles, ammunition, and vehicles.
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