Trump says he understands impetus behind GOP bill to tie military aid to Ukraine to US border security

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Former President Donald Trump said on Saturday he understood the impetus behind a new Republican bill that would block security and military assistance to Ukraine until the US southern border is secured. – while comparing the state of the border when he left office to what it is now. .

Trump was asked on “Fox & Friends” about a new bill introduced by Rep. Matt Rosendale, R-Mont., that would ban the spending or obligation of military and security assistance in Kyiv until there is a “control of operations” of the United States-Mexico border. It comes as attention in Washington DC increasingly turns to the Russia-Ukraine crisis, where officials believe a Russian invasion could be imminent, but also as the crisis on the southern border enters its second year.

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“I certainly understand how people feel,” Trump said. “We had the strongest border we’ve ever had, our southern border. We were three weeks away from finishing the wall after going through two and a half years of lawsuits with the Democrats and winning them all.”

“We had the best numbers in the history of our country on the southern border, very few were coming in, very few people were coming in, other than coming in legally, we had the best drug numbers in 32 years, and they were getting much better quickly. – and all of a sudden this guy takes over, and the border is open,” he said, referring to President Biden.

“We’re like a dumping ground, so I can definitely understand how people feel when they say let’s try to bond with each other,” he said. “We fight for other people’s borders, but we don’t fight for our own border.”

It was a sentiment shared by Rosendale when he spoke to Fox News before his bill was introduced.

“I think it’s pretty hypocritical if someone in the US Congress is willing to spend funds securing a border thousands of miles away when they’re not ready to secure our own border,” Rosendale said. to Fox News Digital in an interview. “And we’re not witnessing a threat, but we’re witnessing an absolute invasion happening right now.”

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Rosendale’s bill would withhold funds until the border wall system, which was halted by the Biden administration, is completed and “operational control” as defined by the 2006 Fences Act secure is achieved. The wall system is defined as a 30-foot high steel bollard barrier, with all-weather access and patrol routes, perimeter lighting, cameras and detection technology.

There were around 1.7 million migrant encounters in fiscal year 2021, and more than 178,800 in December alone. The Biden administration has attributed the crisis to a combination of “root causes” in Central America and the end of legal asylum pathways by the Trump administration.

Republicans, however, blamed the Biden administration for rolling back Trump-era policies like the “stay in Mexico” policy that kept migrants in Mexico for their hearings. The Biden administration ended the policy but was recently forced to reinstate it under a court order.

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“We had the ‘Stay in Mexico’ policy, now it’s called ‘Stay in the United States’ – whoever you are, go for it,” Trump said, before returning to the legislation.

“No, it’s a very terrible thing and I have to tell you that I understand how they feel when we fight for other countries, but we’re not fighting for ours.”

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