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“This guy is basically coming and saying if you don’t give me my $25 billion, I’m going to shut down your government.”

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Senator JD Vance (R-OH) joined “Human Events Daily” to discuss the U.S. government’s funding of the war in Ukraine amid the looming threat of a government shutdown. 

Watch the full interview here and read excerpts below.

Senator Vance On Zelensky’s Demands: “If you sort of set this against the backdrop of the government shutdown fight, this guy is basically coming and saying if you don’t give me my $25 billion, I’m going to shut down your government. That’s exactly what he’s doing because Chuck Schumer will not fund the government unless it includes money for Ukraine. So the Democrats are really setting up a fight here where, do we continue to pay our Border Patrol agents or do we pay the $25 billion to Ukraine? It’s crazy to me that they’ve gotten themselves into this political place, but of course they have.”

Senator Vance On Endless Funding To Ukraine: “What do we give them next? At what point do you have U.S. Senators recommending that we give them tactical nuclear weapons? I fear that we’re actually not far from that point. Of course, it would be psychotic, but so much of what we’ve done up to this point has been equally psychotic.”

Senator Vance On Tensions With China: “We’re sending all those missiles and munitions to Ukraine and not preserving them for our own use. So we’re running out of bullets, we’re running out of our capacity to defend ourselves. We’re escalating a war in Europe. That’s what the Chinese care about. They don’t care about how tough we talk. They care about how smart we are and how tough we’re willing to engage if it comes to it. This war is weakening us. It may make a lot of Washington neocons feel tough. That doesn’t matter. What matters is how strong we are as a country and this war currently is weakening us.”