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Emotional Gutfeld Thanks Fox News Colleagues For Aiding Rescue of Mother-in-Law During Ukraine Escape

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Fox News late-night host Greg Gutfeld, who also co-hosts “The Five,” thanked his network colleagues for assisting in the rescue of his mother-in-law to Poland after she was trapped in Ukraine following Russia’s invasion.

During a network segment on Friday, Gutfeld spoke with Fox News’ Pentagon correspondent Lucas Tomlinson, noting that Tomlinson and his mother-in-law were in western Lyiv.

“I do want to point out that like our coworkers are unbelievably awesome [because] the things that they have been doing for a grouchy cynical bastard like myself. People have been helping me out, and somebody who has been obnoxious to them before and will probably be obnoxious to them after,” Gutfeld said.

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“These guys over there I won’t name them, but you probably know who they are, and you’ve seen them, are absolute heroes helping out a little old lady, you know, they just met,” the humbled co-host continued.

“And maybe by tomorrow or in the next day, she’s going to be with her daughter and it’s because of those guys that work for Fox News.”

At that, co-host Jesse Watters asked tongue-in-cheek if Gutfeld was saying that, despite all the things people were doing for him, he would still be a “jerk.”

“I was a jerk yesterday to Scott Wilder who has been helping me, I apologized to Scott like 20 times,” he responded. “I was yelling at him in a store.

“But Trey [Yingst], and Steve Harrigan, and Scott, they’re all just frickin’ heroes,” Gutfeld added, in reference to Fox News’ vice president of field and production operations and two of the network’s correspondents who are in Ukraine.

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On Thursday, Gutfeld had confirmed that his mother-in-law had indeed made it to safety in Poland.

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“Just to let everybody know my mother-in-law crossed into … Poland about half an hour ago, so she’s in a car on her way to Warsaw to see her daughter, Elena,” Gutfeld said, referring to his wife.

“Her husband passed away from COVID last year, so she’d been spending time — she was born in Ukraine, she’s a Ukrainian-Russian — so she was with her cousins or whatnot in this little tiny village when all this stuff happened. So we had to get her out of there and get her back, you know, thanks to Fox,” Gutfeld said.

The top-rated late-night host went on to lament the fact that though his mother-in-law has made it out of the war-torn country safely, there are millions of refugees who are still stuck inside Ukraine and who are trying to get out while Russian forces continue to advance.

“She was fortunate enough to make it to safety, but there are still millions and millions in danger,” he told his colleagues.

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Meanwhile, the Biden administration is considering sending U.S. warplanes to Poland to replace any Soviet-era fighters that the country sends to Ukraine, to help Kyiv regain some semblance of air power to halt the Russian advance, Fox News reports:

Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy – during a Saturday Zoom call with more than 280 U.S. lawmakers – said the country needs fighter jets more than the anti-aircraft missiles the U.S. had agreed to, according to the Wall Street Journal. 

Under the proposal, the Ukrainians would receive Russian-made MiGs that Poland inherited after the Cold War ended. 

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But so far, the deal is being held up by administration officials worried that the exchange would be viewed as an unacceptable escalation by Russian President Vladimir Putin, who warned other countries as his troops invaded to stay out of the conflict or face never-before-seen consequences.

Sen. Lindsey Graham claimed in a video posted to social media Saturday that the U.S. was blocking NATO countries from sending planes, but an administration official pushed back on that.

“If Poland wants to send its warplanes to Ukraine, it can. The U.S. is not blocking them from doing so,” the official told Fox News.

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