The Pentagon has exempted Ukraine funding from a potential government shutdown, prompting massive backlash from congressional Republicans.
“The Pentagon has determined that the training and support of Ukrainian forces is exempt from a potential government shutdown … and will continue even in the increasingly likely event that Congress fails to pass a spending bill in the coming days,” CNN reported Thursday.
“Operation Atlantic Resolve is an excepted activity under a government lapse in appropriations,” Department of Defense spokesperson Chris Sherwood likewise confirmed to Fox News.
Operation Atlantic Resolve “provides rotational deployments of combat-credible forces to Europe to show our commitment to NATO while building readiness, increasing interoperability and enhancing the bonds between ally and partner militaries,” according to a press release.
This news prompted a whirlwind of backlash from Republicans on Twitter:
Well this just says it all doesn’t it.. https://t.co/9cE6LOQcas
— Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene (@RepMTG) September 21, 2023
You can’t make this up. https://t.co/odwVaIVD1f
— Rep. Anna Paulina Luna (@RepLuna) September 22, 2023
How is this even legally possible? https://t.co/c9sgLFPTTf
— Mayra Flores (@MayraFlores_TX) September 22, 2023
I don’t know who the Biden regime is working for, but it’s quite obviously not for the American people. https://t.co/HSMtNMN0Sx
— Congressman Michael Cloud (@RepCloudTX) September 22, 2023
The Biden administration thinks funding the protection of Ukraine’s border is more “essential” than our own. https://t.co/vylYMojlqL
— Rep. Tom Tiffany (@RepTiffany) September 22, 2023
“Enough of the insanity already. Seems like Biden fell asleep on the train and got off at Ukraine instead of America,” one of the Republicans, Rep. Anna Paulina Luna, said in a statement to Fox News.
“I don’t even know if he recognizes which country he’s leading, he’s so hellbent on sending every possible dollar to a country that we have no stake in while our own implodes. I have zero interest in funding an eternal WWIII and that’s the last thing Americans want,” she added.
Even some Republicans’ staffers got in on the backlash.
“Cut off services for Americans but keep sending their money to Ukraine. How incredibly offensive,” Sen. Josh Hawley’s communications director, Abigail Jackson, tweeted.
Meanwhile, former Arizona gubernatorial candidate Kari Lake posted a tweet accusing President Joe Biden of caring more about Ukrainians than Americans.
“America First Republicans are demanding fiscal responsibility. But the only thing the @JoeBiden administration cares about is funding their proxy war in Ukraine. They treat hard-working Americans as bargaining chips. Our families never asked to be part of their game,” she wrote.
America First Republicans are demanding fiscal responsibility.
But the only thing the @JoeBiden administration cares about is funding their proxy war in Ukraine.
They treat hard-working Americans as bargaining chips.
Our families never asked to be part of their game. https://t.co/VtV59aWlBd
— Kari Lake (@KariLake) September 21, 2023
There’s also been backlash from GOP voters like pro-Trump political commentator Gunther Eagleman, who tweeted that it seems like the Biden administration cares more about taking care of Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy than about the American people.
“Zelensky over senior citizens. The government hates us,” he wrote on Twitter.
Another GOP voter, Malcolm Jayne, added, “This is an actual coup. The Pentagon doesn’t get to tell Congress what’s exempt. You are ruled. And those rulers think Ukraine is more important than you.”
See more responses from everyday Republican voters below:
Defund the DOD!
— Magnus (@Magnus_Veritas) September 22, 2023
When did we become The United States of Ukraine? Billions being sent there every month now while our own cities need relief.
— Diana Kay (@DianaLaQuinta) September 22, 2023
Is this even legal. What’s the point of the government’s checks and balances system if they can basically say, “well, we are doing what we want anyways”. Our government is incredible corrupt.
— Casey Hicks (@CaseyHi1376) September 23, 2023
So let me get this straight, they will expempt Ukraine Operations, but they’ll gladly not pay govt workers while they keep working? This country…
Glad we have USAA since at least they will front us money to survive until pay kicks back in.
— Shannon (@ghostedginge) September 21, 2023
What does Zelenskyy have on Biden to keep extorting $Billions from the U.S.? When Americans are suffering, we MUST END sending enormous amounts of money to one of the largest money laundering countries in the world that bought off Hillary and Biden! pic.twitter.com/kL3aWP0SNa
— Wayne Dunlap (@wdunlap) September 21, 2023
All this comes in the wake of congressional lawmakers refusing to support adding Ukraine funding to a potential appropriations bill or continuing resolution.
It also comes in the wake of Rep. Mike Waltz writing a Fox News column slamming the Biden administration for not defining a clear objective nor a way to achieve it.
“The Biden administration has neither explained the American objective in Ukraine nor his strategy to achieve it. Will American military spending continue until Ukraine has pushed Russia back to its prewar boundaries? Its pre-2014 boundaries? Or until the Putin regime collapse? We don’t know because Biden refuses to tell us. ‘As long as it takes’ is a slogan, not a strategy,” he wrote.
He also said that so long as the U.S. border is being overrun, no money should be sent to Ukraine.
“Now illegal alien crossings are on the rise again, with 130,000 apprehended in July. Even Democratic mayors of blue cities are asking for action on the border. As long as Biden refuses to secure our southern border, Americans shouldn’t be asked to continue funding the defense of Ukraine’s,” he explained.
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