Senator Rand Paul said that the U.S. doesn’t need to be a “sugar daddy” for Ukraine while speaking about his move to block the quick passage of a new aid package for Ukraine worth about $40 billion.
Paul, a Republican lawmaker from Kentucky, made the comments Friday while speaking on The Clay Travis & Buck Sexton Show.
“It’s sort of the same argument that President Trump made. Everybody needs to step up, but the NATO allies need to step up and we don’t need to be the sugar daddy and the policemen of the world that we have to do everything,” he said.
Paul blocked a vote Thursday for the fast-tracked passage of the aid package for Ukraine over his objections that the bill itself did not include the creation of a special inspector general to monitor how the aid is spent. Democratic Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer and Republican Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell both offered to allow an amendment vote on Paul’s requested change, but Paul said that he wanted the language to be added into the legislation.
“My oath of office is to the U.S. 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. We cannot save Ukraine by dooming the U.S. economy,” he tweeted Friday in regard to his decision.
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