Classified info on Russia's Ukraine actions 'frightening,' 'very aggressive,' McCaul says 

McCaul suggested troop 'exercises' in Poland, Romania and Bulgaria but doubts the Biden Administration would go that route

Updated: January 21, 2022 - 1:25pm

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Rep. Michael McCaul, the top Republican on the House Foreign Affairs Committee, on Friday described the classified information on Russia's planned actions toward Ukraine as "frightening" and "very aggressive." 

The Texas lawmaker also said he doesn't think Republican members of Congress are going to argue for troops to be deployed in response to the situation – Russia appearing poised to invade neighboring Ukraine. 

"But we can provide the lethal aid that I signed off on last year. But under this administration, we really haven't seen that aid going to Ukraine. That's what the GUARD Act does. It will provide that lethal aid that they have asked for desperately so they can defend themselves," McCaul said during a press briefing with GOP Conference Chairwoman Elise Stefanik.

"One thing President Trump did is, I think it was really great idea, was moving troops, not out of Germany completely, but shifting troops to Poland, closer to the Russian border, so Lithuania, Latvia, Estonia," McCaul said. "We need to do exercises there and in Poland and Romania and Bulgaria. That would show Putin we're serious, but I don't think this administration has that mindset.

"I think they think that's going to escalate things. But if we have no deterrence, as Elise said, the green lights on, I think. You know, we can't get into the classified status of plans but they are frightening and they are very aggressive."

Russia President Vladimir Putin has amassed troops along his county's border with Ukraine in an apparent show of force in opposition to Ukrainian leaders attempting to the join NATO, or the North Atlantic Treaty Organization.