Zelensky stressed the importance of the financial assistance in his meeting with Pelosi. “The signals that the United States and President Biden are giving today are very important. These are recent strong steps in defense and financial support for Ukraine, as well as decisions on Lend-Lease – we are grateful for that,” Zelensky said.
The trip to Kyiv by Pelosi, who is second in line to succeed the president, marks a significant measure of commitment to supporting Ukraine from the most senior level of US leadership.
“Our Congressional Delegation had the solemn opportunity and extraordinary honor of meeting with Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy and other top Ukrainian officials in Kyiv,” according to the news release from Pelosi’s office.
“Our delegation conveyed our respect and gratitude to President Zelenskyy for his leadership and our admiration of the Ukrainian people for their courage in the fight against Russia’s oppression.”
Zelensky awarded Pelosi with “the Order of Princess Olga” for her “significant personal contribution” to strengthening Ukrainian and American ties. Olga was the first woman to rule Kievan Rus, a medieval East Slavic state. The order bearing her name is awarded to women who have achieved significant success in politics and society — the personification in Ukraine of female strength.
He also gave Pelosi a Ukrainian flag that he and female members of parliament, including those she met with at the US Capitol recently, had signed, according to Pelosi’s spokesman Drew Hammill.
Pelosi was joined by several other senior members of Congress, including Gregory Meeks of New York, the chairman of the Foreign Affairs Committee, and Adam Schiff of California, the chairman of the Intelligence Committee.
The delegation spent just over three hours on the ground in Kyiv, Pelosi’s spokesman, Drew Hammill, said. The US politicians are now in Poland, where they are due to meet with President Andrzej Duda and other senior officials.
Speaking to reporters at a press conference in Rzeszow, Poland on Sunday, Pelosi said that her discussions with Zelensky centered around security, humanitarian and economic assistance, and eventually rebuilding Ukraine.
“We were proud to convey to him a message of unity from the Congress of the US. A message of appreciation from the american people for his leadership and admiration to the people of Ukraine for their courage,” Pelosi said.
“America stands with Ukraine, we stand with Ukraine until victory is won, and we stand with NATO.”
- “Every second that goes on that network now gets scrutinized,” a former Fox employee told The Times.
Fox News and host Tucker Carlson look closely at minute-by-minute ratings that show there’s an appetite among its audience for talking points embraced by white nationalists, according to a report published Saturday by The New York Times.
The Times published a three-part series called “American Nationalist” that’s all about Carlson, cable TV’s highest-rated primetime pundit.
Three former Fox employees told the Times Carlson specifically relied on “minute-by-minute” ratings data. Such data is more expensive than “quarter-hour” ratings used by other cable newsrooms, but it provides feedback down to the minute on what leads viewers to change the channel or stick around.
Carlson’s stories about immigration or warnings of demographic change in the US, like the white nationalist “Great Replacement” theory, were a hit, the outlet reported.
“He is going to double down on the white nationalism because the minute-by-minutes show that the audience eats it up,” another former Fox employee who worked with Carlson told the Times.
Fox in general increasingly focused on minute-by-minutes ratings, which showed segments that featured Fox reporters or stories considered unfavorable to Trump were not interesting to viewers, the outlet reported.
“They’re all obsessed with the minute-by-minutes,” another former Fox employee told the Times. “Every second that goes on that network now gets scrutinized.”
In a statement shared with Insider, Justin Wells, a senior executive producer for Carlson’s show, said: “Tucker Carlson programming embraces diversity of thought and presents various points of view in an industry where contrarian thought and the search for truth are often ignored.”