With the US Senate set to vote on a $95.3 billion foreign aid package that would provide for Israel and Ukraine, former President Donald Trump on Saturday insisted the US should not provide foreign aid unless it is structured as a loan.

“WE SHOULD NEVER GIVE MONEY ANYMORE WITHOUT THE HOPE OF A PAYBACK, OR WITHOUT ‘STRINGS’ ATTACHED. THE UNITED STATES OF AMERICA SHOULD BE ‘STUPID’ NO LONGER!” Trump posted Saturday on Truth Social, the social media platform he founded after being banned from Twitter in 2021.

Trump’s comments came in the wake of his successful attempts to torpedo a $118 billion bipartisan border deal and foreign aid package that Senate Republicans ended up blocking Wednesday. 

The former president’s comments on Saturday suggest the new foreign aid package, on which the Senate is slated to begin procedural votes on Sunday, will end up similarly torpedoed.

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Trump boasted about how he helped kill the $118 billion bipartisan border deal and foreign aid package at a rally on Saturday.

“This week we also had another massive victory that every conservative should celebrate: we crushed Crooked Joe Biden’s disastrous open borders bill. Crushed it,” Trump said at a campaign rally in Conway, South Carolina.

The deal would have provided aid to key US allies abroad, including billions of dollars to support Ukraine in its fight against Russia and security assistance for Israel, as well as humanitarian assistance for civilians in Gaza, the West Bank and Ukraine.

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Republicans had initially demanded that border security be part of that bill, but then appeared to move the goalposts under pressure from Trump. The US southern border is a central campaign issue in his race for the White House.

The $95.3 billion aid package the Senate is currently working to pass was advanced on Thursday with a vote of 67 to 32.

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The new bill may face obstacles beyond Trump signaling opposition, CNN reported, specifically from Republican Senator Rand Paul of Kentucky – who has long opposed foreign aid – and is using chamber rules to slow its progress.

If the bill is eventually passed by the Senate, it would next go to the House, where it’s unclear when or whether Speaker Mike Johnson would hold a vote on it. Many House Republicans are opposed to further aid to Ukraine.

The new foreign aid package includes billions of dollars to support Ukraine and for security assistance for Israel, as well as humanitarian assistance for civilians in Gaza, the West Bank and Ukraine.

The bill includes $60 billion to support Ukraine in its fight against Russia, $14.1 billion in security assistance for Israel, $9.2 billion in humanitarian assistance and $4.8 billion to support regional partners in the Indo-Pacific region, among other provisions, according to the Senate Appropriations Committee.

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Mark
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The Great Donald Trump will be back in the White House soon. time to MAGA!

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CEESBOOGAART
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It's no aid USA, it's abiding your obligations under BUDAPEST MEMORANDUM

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David
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Its not aid stupid. Its a cheap bargain basement investment in destruction of the Russian Army's combat power without risk to or loss of American lives.
Russia is overdue an Afghanistan like disaster

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David Steel
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Trump is a gift to Putin, literally a gift wrapped in gold.

If you vote to give Putin a gift this year you have betrayed Ukraine - its women, children, elderly and enlisted men.

You would disgrace the memory of those who gave their lives defending their home and show an egregious lack of respect for a country in mourning.

If you vote for Trump don't visit here. Show some respect. Have the decency to stay away and be alone with your shame whilst you try in vain to wash the blood from your hands and soul.

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John
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@Joseph Swanson, Obama evicted over 2.5 times more illegal immigrants than the former "insurrectionist in chief". Thats 3.2 million more evictions by Obama then putintrump. Unlike putinrump he did not even waste private donor money for a fraudulent "Build the Wall' campaign, millions of which was used to pad the pockets of his putinrump supporters (including his former presidential advisor Bannon) .



Regarding the currently unprecedented global refugee surges many democracies face, these are all aggravated by hybrid war attacks from nefarious foreign regimes (mostly russia). Particularly during the last 3 years (pre & during Ukraine war), putin's regime is fomenting international coups, civil wars and invasions to create refugee streams that destabilize the most proximate democratic borders.



Immigration also presents an interesting opportunity for the western nations facing shrinking populations. Managed correctly (cherry pick needed skills / labour, vet out criminals / spies, evict law breakers) ,it keeps their economies humming along. Refugees also seek democracies as the've had with dictator rule (unlike MGRA supporters who are keen for a rump dictatorship).

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John
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@Joseph Swanson, Why troll "jack" is that you? Like the tired propaganda spreading "Jack Griffin" lurking elsewhere on these forums, you have also spelt duly elected President Joe Biden's name wrong.



That would be like me spelling the former "insurrectionist in chief" name as: Donald "Gotimpeachedtwiceandchargedwith81feloniesrump". That's too many characters to fit in the name field of his drivers license application (albeit technically, a license is not needed for those who 'walk the line" in prison).

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Reason
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So now an unelected criminal demagogue and a gaggle of sycophants are dictating the American government agenda. It's depressing watching the collapse of American democracy and the total failure of their vaunted but anachronistic Constitution.

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Joseph Swanson
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And yet you do not deny the clusterfuck at the border brought by your hero Briben,

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Joseph Swanson
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Steve G, wake up asswipe. Mr. Briben is letting any and all enemies walk on into the country. Get off the drugs asshole.

Steve G.
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@Joseph Swanson, You Trump supporters are all the same. Anyone questions your god-emperor, and you get angry and start swearing at them.

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John
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@Joseph Swanson, Why troll "jack" is that you? Like the tired propaganda spreading "Jack Griffin" lurking elsewhere on these forums, you have also spelt duly elected President Joe Biden's name wrong.

That would be like me spelling the former "insurrectionist in chief" name as Donald "Gotimpeachedtwiceandchargedwith81feloniesrump". That's too many characters to fit in the name field of his drivers license application (albeit technically, a license is not needed for those who 'walk the line" in prison).

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Steve G.
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America shouldn’t be “stupid,” Trump says, while doing everything to aid our enemies and harm our allies and ourselves. Great strategy. Isolationists are the most misguided, short-sighted people. They cheer for the reduction of American influence around the world, and then will be shocked when our enemies arrive at our doorstep.

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Joseph Swanson
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The Great Donald Trump will be back in the White House soon enough. Let’s MAGA!!

JOhn
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@Joseph Swanson, In the spirit freely sharing....you spelt "MRGA" wrong.

Also thanks for tipping off the authorities that another putinrump insurrection is planned.

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