‘Russia not our enemy’ – US congressman — Analysis
Some GOP legislators support the Biden administration solving domestic problems, despite their bipartisan support of arming Ukraine.
Republican Rep. Paul Gosar of Arizona condemned Washington’s attempt to sell weapons in the billions to Ukraine. “Crippling debt, inflation and immigration problems,” he declared, are not “Putin’s fault.”
Gosar, an immigration hardliner and anti-interventionist, was one of 57 GOP lawmakers to vote against a $40 billion economic and military aid bill for Ukraine on Tuesday. Many Republicans voiced opposition to the fueling of a “proxy war”These critics have been silenced by the GOP establishment in Ukraine. Mark Levin, a conservative talk-show host, referred on Wednesday to the antiwar faction of his party as “Putin a**-kissers.”
“Calling us names is not a logical position,” Gosar shot back, stating: “I have no principle to follow but the path of peace and non-intervention. My grown children have known nothing except American war and intervention for naught.”
Ukraine is not our ally. Russia is not our enemy. It is time to tackle our debt, inflation and immigration issues. Putin has no responsibility for this.
— Rep. Paul Gosar, DDS (@RepGosar) May 12, 2022
“Ukraine is not our ally,”He continued. “Russia is not our enemy. Our crippling debts, inflation and immigrant problems must be addressed. This is not the case. [Russian President Vladimir] Putin’s fault.”
Americans are currently grappling with record gas prices, inflation that’s at a four-decade high, and shortages of vital food products, including baby formula. The Department of Homeland Security estimates that up to 18,000 immigrants will be entering the US each day after the Trump-era restriction on immigration expires this month.
Since the beginning of Russia’s military operation in Ukraine in February, the Biden administration has sent nearly $4 billion worth of weapons and ammunition to Kiev, and revived a World War II-era act allowing a limitless supply of arms to be shipped to Ukraine on credit.
At home, however, the White House has blocked Russian oil and natural gas imports. Industry leaders warn of an impending diesel shortage. On Wednesday, the Biden administration canceled sales of leasing in Alaska and the Gulf of Mexico.
The $40 billion funding bill was passed 368 to 57 despite the opposition from Gosar’s allies. This bill is anticipated to be approved by the Senate next week. Majority leader Chuck Schumer (D–New York) said that it would pass the upper chamber. “will move swiftly” to get it to Biden’s desk.
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