‘More Than A Slight Embarrassment’: MSNBC Host Reacts To Withdrawn Letter Seeking Russia Talks


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MSNBC host Andrea Mitchell described the retraction of a letter urging a diplomatic solution to the war in Ukraine as an “embarrassment” Tuesday.

Thirty members of the Congressional Progressive Caucus, some of the most liberal Democrats in the House of Representatives, signed a letter released Monday urging a diplomatic solution to the conflict that has raged since Feb. 24. The letter was withdrawn Tuesday, with Democratic Rep. Pramila Jayapal of Washington blaming its release on staffers. (RELATED: NATO Can’t Keep Up With Ukraine’s Latest Weapons Demand After Putin Once Again Escalates Attacks: REPORT)


“This comes after 24 hours of swift criticism, particularly from her fellow Democrats, and even those that had signed on to this letter,” MSNBC reporter Ryan Nobles told Mitchell. “For instance, Rep. Ilhan Omar of Minnesota tweeting today that this was something that they were not even informed of that this letter was going to be sent out yesterday. Also, Rep. Sara Jacobs of California echoing those same comments, saying that she was willing to sign on to the letter in the summer and that she would not sign on to it today.”

Democrats criticized Republican Rep. Kevin McCarthy of California, the House Minority Leader, for telling Punchbowl News Ukraine would not receive a “blank check” from a Republican-led House of Representatives. Nearly 60 republican Representatives and 11 GOP senators voted against the latest package of military aid for Ukraine.

“Slight embarrassment — more than a slight embarrassment for Democrats in the caucus,” Mitchell said.

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