Posted BY: Darian Alexander
How much foreign money can Americans afford to send overseas? Senator Rand Paul has for a long time been one of the Republican Party’s most outspoken members against involving the United States in entanglements abroad. The Kentucky Republican Senator has kept up this track record as of late, recently making headlines after he said that America has to “borrow money from China” in order to send $40 billion in aid to Ukraine.
Paul had previously taken the news by storm last week after he worked to hold up the entire Ukraine package.
“My oath of office is the US constitution not to any foreign nation and no matter how sympathetic the cause, my oath of office is to the national security of the United States of America,” Paul said on the Senate floor last week. “We cannot save Ukraine by dooming the US economy.”
The senator has doubled down on this sentiment, explaining the economic consequences of approving such a bill.
“I think it’s important to know that we don’t have any money to send, we have to borrow money from China to send it to Ukraine. And I think most people kind of get that, and many Republicans will say that when it’s a new social program, but if it’s military aid to a country, they’re like we can borrow that, that’s a justified borrowing,” Paul explained in an exclusive interview with Breitbart News Daily’s Alex Marlow.
Paul was one of only 11 Republican Senators to vote against advancing the taxpayer-funded foreign-aid package. Other “no” votes included Sens. Hawley, Mike Crapo (R-ID), Bill Hagerty (R-TN), Mike Braun (R-IN), Marsha Blackburn (R-TN), John Boozman (R-AR), Roger Marshall (R-KS), Cynthia Lummis (R-WY), and Tommy Tuberville (R-AL).
The Kentucky senator highlighted the hypocrisy of many actors of the Republican Party who often attack Joe Biden and the Democrats for their incessant spending: “The problem is that it all leads to inflation, so it kind of hurts the Republican argument that Biden’s spending and Biden’s debt leads to inflation, except for when it’s bipartisan spending and that doesn’t really count.”
He later explained that Republicans and Democrats have a “bipartisan consensus” in which both parties boost foreign spending.
“This is the bipartisan consensus right now on Ukraine. Republican and Democrat leadership are exactly the same. So they get together. But in order to get together to get this, it’s guns and butter, you look at the $40 billion, it’s a lot of guns, but in order to get the gun they had to give out a lot of butter and so there’s a lot of spending going to European countries for food throughout the world,” Paul said.
Paul then appeared to allege that United States politicians are diminishing America’s strength, concluding, “What we’ve done is given away the farm to make us weaker.”