March 5, 2024
Rep. Byron Donalds (R-FL) responded to the Biden administration’s call for Congress to approve more aid for Ukraine.


Rep. Byron Donalds (R-FL) responded to the Biden administration’s call for Congress to approve more aid for Ukraine.

On Monday, White House Office of Management and Budget Director Shalanda Young informed Congress in a letter that “we are out of money to support Ukraine in this fight.” Additionally, National security adviser Jake Sullivan told reporters at Monday’s White House press briefing that any lawmakers who vote against additional Ukraine aid will “hurt Ukraine and help Russia.”

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“Jake Sullivan is wrong,” Donalds told the Ingraham Angle. “Why would we be surprised? He is the adviser to Joe Biden who has been wrong at every single point throughout the Ukrainian conflict, throughout what happened in Afghanistan. And, of course, what is happening now with our greatest ally in the region in Israel. He is wrong.”

“But I have another message for Jake Sullivan and the White House: Secure the southern border. That’s it,” Donalds continued. “If you do that, then there is people in Congress who will be willing to listen and to talk to. But before that’s done, there is nothing to talk about.”

Donalds noted that before Republicans will consider “supplemental funding for anything, the southern border must be secured first.”

The Florida Republican said the House of Representatives would look at appropriations bills but would otherwise be considered “closed” until the border is secured, adding that he will not stand for any border security packages that include supplemental funding for Ukraine.

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“They have to do their job,” Donalds said of the Biden Administration. “Why would we continue to fund other operations in the world if our border remains unsecured?”

House Speaker Mike Johnson (R-LA) reportedly told Republican senators last week that he does not have the votes to link Ukraine aid to additional border funding, a move that is preferred by GOP members of the upper chamber.

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