US has no money to send to Ukraine, says Sen. Rand Paul

Sen. Rand Paul

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# 06 May 2024 10:00 (UTC +04:00)

Sen. Rand Paul (R-Ky.) went after President Biden and Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) in an interview airing Sunday over spending “borrowed” money on Ukraine, APA reports citing The Hill.

“My primary reason for opposing sending money to Ukraine is that we don’t have any money,” Paul said in an interview with radio host John Catsimatidis on “The Cats Roundtable.” “The money has to be borrowed. So basically, you know, we owe China a trillion dollars, they bought a trillion dollars worth of our debt. We have to basically borrow money from China in order to send it to Ukraine”

Paul also said in the interview that McConnell and the Biden administration have been telling the Ukrianians that they would end up in NATO “‘no matter what.’”

“Well, that’s the one thing that, actually, Ukraine has that they could negotiate. If they were willing to negotiate that they would be a neutral country and not allied with the… with the Russians and not allied with the West but be open to trade with both,” Paul continued. “I think what they could do is that could be negotiated for withdrawal of troops. There’s no guarantee the Russians would withdraw troops, but it’d be worth the offer.”

Biden signed a $95 billion last emergency foreign aid package last month with aid for Ukraine and Israel, and called out “MAGA Republicans” for holding up the aid to Ukraine.

“To my desk, it was a difficult path. It should have been easier, and it should have gotten there sooner. But in the end, we did what America always does; we rose to the moment, came together and we got it done,” Biden said.

“For months, while MAGA Republicans were blocking aid,” the president continued. “Ukraine’s been running out of artillery shells and ammunition Meanwhile, Putin’s friends are keeping him well supplied.”

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