A bit earlier today, Sen. Mark Warner talked to the media about “the ongoing situation in Ukraine ahead of President Biden’s visit to Brussels”; about “the cybersecurity warning issued on Monday by President Biden”; about “the confirmation hearing currently underway for Supreme Court nominee Ketanji Brown Jackson”; and about “recent progress on the Bipartisan Innovation Act – legislation to foster U.S. innovation, shore up American leadership in the microelectronics industry, and boost our nation’s ability to compete with China.” Sen. Warner also talked about the horrible, tragic shooting of Virginian-Pilot reporter Sierra Jenkins over the weekend, saying he was “horrified by the brutality of the shootings” and calling for “reasonable restrictions that…don’t interfere with second amendment rights.”
See below for video. Also, here are a few thoughts by Sen. Warner on the Russian invasion of Ukraine and on defending NATO.
- “My hope is, as President Biden goes to NATO, that we can extend the sanctions regime. I frankly think most if not all members of the Russian parliament, the Duma, should be sanctioned. I think senior military officers who are involved in this invasion, committing war crimes, need to be sanctioned...And we need to continue to get the Ukrainian forces the military assistance they need.”
- “We have already seen the United States dramatically increase its presence in Europe…I believe we’re now close to 100,000 troops – American troops alone…that are on the ground or in the process of being on the ground in Europe…NATO is back stronger than ever…resolute and strong…under no circumstances can we allow Vladimir Putin to be successful. We’ve got to figure out what that ‘off-ramp’ is…Ukrainians’ decision about some level of neutrality or not wanting to join NATO…but we’ve got to be resolute…we will protect every square foot of NATO territory…on cyber or, god forbid, a chemical weapons attack that might flow into an adjacent nation, these are areas where I think you’re going to see NATO and the president lay out some red lines.”