Embattled Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko’s moving address to Congress back on Sept. 18 was interrupted about 40 times by sustained, bipartisan applause as he thanked the United States for its support for that country in the face of a Russian invasion by unknown persons.

But we’re hearing there were some folks at the White House who were upset when Poroshenko kept thanking just about everyone for helping his country, but left out one special benefactor.

“I thank all of those in America who realize and appreciate the historic importance of this fight,” he said and “I thank you for the United States Congress.” But it didn’t go unnoticed at 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue that Poroshenko didn’t thank President Obama during the speech.

There was some hope the State Department would see to it that Poroshenko did not use the occasion to press for more military hardware — guns, bullets and artillery — for the troops, something the administration has been reluctant to provide.

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But, sure enough, Poroshenko sharply criticized the administration for not giving more military aid to the country to fight Russian-backed separatists.

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Ukraine’s soldiers “need more military equipment,” he said, “both lethal and nonlethal.” And they “urgently need …” [Applause].

“Please understand me correctly,” Poroshenko said. “Blankets, night vision goggles are also important,” he said, “but one cannot win the war with blankets.” [Applause] “Even more, we cannot keep the peace with a blanket.”[Applause.]

Whoa! We’re hearing some folks in the White House were most upset by that pretty direct shot, and let Foggy Bottom know they should have done more to get the Ukrainians to tone that down.

Unclear precisely how State was supposed to do that.

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