Ukraine’s government is ‘well known for its corruption’

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  • Madison Cawthorn has doubled down on her criticism of Ukraine after calling President Volodymyr Zelensky a “thug”.
  • On Friday, Cawthorn told members of the press that Ukraine’s government was “well known for its corruption.”
  • He also claimed that Ukraine is a major hub for sex trafficking.

North Carolina Rep. Madison Cawthorn doubled down on his stance on Ukraine, saying he thinks his government is “very vile” and “well known for its corruption.”

During event on friday At Rutherford County GOP headquarters in North Carolina, the congressman told members of the press that propaganda from the Ukraine-Russia conflict had made things “muddy and difficult to understand.”

“But before we all jump to conclusions and say we’re going to stand up for democracy in Eastern Europe, we have to realize that…the Ukrainian government is so notorious for corruption,” he said. .

“I’m just going to tell you honestly that both governments in Russia and Ukraine are incredibly corrupt and very vile,” Cawthorn added.

Earlier this month, Cawthorn called Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky a “thug” while describing the Ukrainian government as “incredibly corrupt” and “incredibly evil”. He also accused the Ukrainian government of “pushing woke ideologies”.

During a press interview on Friday, Cawthorn also claimed that Ukraine was one of the “major hubs for sex trafficking worldwide”.

According to a 2021 report by the State Department’s Office to Monitor and Combat Human Trafficking, the Ukrainian government “does not fully meet minimum standards for the elimination of human trafficking, but is making significant efforts to achieve it. “. Amid the ongoing Russian invasion, concerns about human trafficking have grown as Ukrainian women and children flee their home country.

While Cawthorn on Friday described Ukrainians as a “wonderful people” and praised their resistance against Russia, he added: “But it’s not a country that, you know, I feel like the beacon of what is truly the standard of good, and clean and transparent government.”

The congressman has come under fire from Republican senators for his earlier comments about Zelenskyy, with Sen. Lindsey Graham calling him an outlier in the GOP “in the broadest possible sense.”

Speaking to Insider, a Cawthorn spokesperson expanded on the congressman’s earlier comments, saying the lawmaker “supports Ukraine and the Ukrainian president’s efforts to defend their country from Russian aggression, but does not want to not that America is dragged into another conflict by emotional manipulation”.

Insider’s live blog on the Russian invasion covers developments as they happen.

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