Washington, DC: Following the confirmation of the new Secretary of Defense, Ash Carter, Congressman Mike Turner, Chairman of the House Armed Services Subcommittee on Tactical Air and Land Forces, released the following statement: 

“Ash Carter boasts an impressive track record at the Pentagon and has made it clear that he will be ‘entirely straight and upfront with the President.’ 

Just last week, Ash Carter stated, that he was ‘very much inclined’ to provide arms to Ukraine and that, ‘we need to support the Ukrainians in defending themselves.’ 

With Ash Carter’s official confirmation, I am hopeful that the President will stop stalling and listen to his own Secretary of Defense, Members of Congress in his own party, and numerous military and civilian leaders who have all recommended action to empower the Ukrainian army so that they can successfully confront mounting Russian aggression.”