The press secretary for former Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy slammed Vice President Kamala Harris.
In a now-deleted tweet, Iuliia Mendel stated that Harris becoming president would be a “tragedy.” “It would be a nightmare if this lady wins,” Mendel tweeted after Harris met with Polish President Andrzej Duda on Thursday to discuss Russia’s ongoing offensive against Ukraine.
Mendel’s tweet was in reaction to another user’s upload of a video of Harris uncomfortably chuckling in answer to a reporter’s question about Ukrainian refugees.
When asked if the US planned to house Ukrainian refugees while meeting with world leaders in Poland to counter Russia’s escalating attack, Harris laughed weirdly.
When asked if the US will take more Ukrainian refugees, Harris and Poland’s President Andrzej Duda gidded uneasily before Duda took the time to address what was a serious issue, considering that many of the 2 million Ukrainians who have left the violence are presently in his country.
“A friend in need is a friend indeed,” Harris remarked with a smile before a more solemn Duda said he had urged the US vice president to expedite the process for Ukrainian refugees with family in the US to be allowed to travel to America.
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“We are seeking international assistance since the great majority of Ukrainian refugees are flocking to our country,” Duda explained.
However, Harris did remark that Ukrainians who are presently in the United States and may have visas that are about to expire may be able to stay for the time being. She also pledged that the Biden administration will aid Poland.
“As we have stated many times via our joint efforts at the UN through NATO, we will help Poland in terms of the load it is bearing, as well as our common responsibility to secure the safety and well-being of these refugees,” Harris added.
Harris was chastised on social media for her reaction. In a statement, the White House clarified the purpose of Harris’ travel.
“During her trip to Warsaw, Poland, today, U.S. Vice President Kamala Harris announced nearly $53 million in new humanitarian assistance from the United States government, through the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID), to support innocent civilians affected by Russia’s unjustified invasion of Ukraine,” the statement said.
“This additional assistance includes support to the UN World Food Program (WFP) to provide lifesaving emergency food assistance to meet immediate needs of hundreds of thousands affected by the invasion, including people who are displaced from their homes and who are crossing the border out of Ukraine. In addition, it will support WFP’s logistics operations to move assistance into Ukraine, including to people in Kyiv,” the White House added.