Wicker Statement on Latest Biden Administration Military Aid Package to Ukraine

Armed Services Ranking Member: Ukraine Needs F-16s, ATACMS “Immediately”

February 3, 2023

WASHINGTON – U.S. Senator Roger Wicker, R-Miss., the ranking member on the Senate Armed Services Committee, today released the following statement in response to press reports regarding President Biden’s latest military aid package to Ukraine:

“I have repeatedly called for more, better, and faster aid to Ukraine, but today's announcement from the President is more of the same unnecessary slow-walking that has gotten us to this point,” Wicker said. “The White House should learn from recent months that its fears of escalation are unfounded and that the Ukrainians are capable of quickly learning how to operate complex weapon systems. We should begin training on the F-16s and ATACMS they have asked for immediately and seek to transfer these weapons systems as soon as possible. Training for Abrams and the Ground-Launched Small Diameter Bomb should have started months ago. Stalemate is not a recipe for achieving U.S. interests."