Edited to add: jGibson’s post on this preceded mine; it’s here: GOP Sens. Rubio and Daines endangered Ukrainian Pres. Zelensky’s life by posting photos of Zoom call
There is a slight difference, so leaving mine up for now — but read that one first, please.
Ukrainian Ambassador to the United States Oksana Markarov’s likely state of mind today after Senate Republicans acted out during a secret Zoom call with President Zelenskyy.
Not only did Republicans like Rick Scott demonstrate a complete ignorance of online meeting etiquette, Senators Daines, Rubio, and Grassley tweeted out images about the meeting in spite of explicit instructions *not* to, at least during the call, explicitly to preserve the safety of President Zelenskyy.
The GOP not only embarrassed the U.S.; their actions actively endangered a sovereign leader & ally.
Note: It’s possible @ChuckGrassley‘s tweet was after the meeting; I don’t know. If it wasn’t significantly after, then he’s just as guilty & culpable as Rubio (@marcorubio) & Daines (@SteveDaines).
Actions like this cannot be overlooked. They cannot be excused as “oversights” or simple errors. These idiots are Senators, and they engaged in a conversation with a world leader of a sovereign nation that is under active attack. They are responsible for their actions. If they don’t want to be held responsible, they need to resign.
They need to be censured, if not outright expelled, for criminal endangerment & grievous incompetence.
Updated to add that Ted Cruz, like Grassley, *also* tweeted out an image after-the-fact. Of course.
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