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Mitch McConnell Accused Of Betrayal By GOP

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Senator Mitch McConnell’s actions regarding funding for Ukraine and border security are being questioned.

McConnell is accused of prioritizing Ukraine over American interests and accuses him of neglecting national security.

Senator Ron Johnson also voiced concerns about McConnell’s decisions.

Sen. Johnson said, “When we entered this thing, McConnell said his top priority was funding for Ukraine. But public opinion and the very strong political rhetoric that we ought to secure our own border before we spend $60 billion to secure Ukraine’s was effective. And so McConnell finally switched and said, ‘OK, we’ve got to let Democrats know that we are serious. We are going to defeat closure on this bill, and we are going to demand that border security is going to be attached to funding for Ukraine.’”

“Then secret negotiations occurred on an issue the public supports Republicans on, and we end up with this monstrosity of a bill. It is an immigration bill. It’s not a border security bill. But during that time frame, we repeatedly talked about making Ukraine funding contingent on border metrics,” explained the Wisconsin Republican.

“We had it all laid out. We had a proposal. We had a great deal of support in our conference, but what Mike pointed out is unbeknownst to us at the time, McConnell told [Sen. James] Lankford that that’s not even on the table,” revealed Johnson.

“He, on his own … using his own authority without telling the conference even though he knew that the conference supported tying border security or Ukraine funding to actually securing the border, McConnell just took that off the table,” explained the senator.

Sen. Johnson said, “And that moment of leverage we had where we could use Biden’s desire for Ukraine funding to actually force him to use his executive authority to secure the border has been lost, and that is why so many of us are speaking out against McConnell. It was such a breach of his leadership position and such a, just a horrible thing to do to Americans who want a secure border.”

Critics have called for accountability and express frustration with the government’s handling of the situation.

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