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Trump urges Republicans to kill Ukraine aid bill

Senators unveiled one of the harshest immigration bills in a generation on Sunday

By AFP
February 06, 2024
Republican presidential candidate and former US President Donald Trump delivers remarks after meeting with leaders of the International Brotherhood of Teamsters at their headquarters on January 31, 2024 in Washington, DC. — AFP
Republican presidential candidate and former US President Donald Trump delivers remarks after meeting with leaders of the International Brotherhood of Teamsters at their headquarters on January 31, 2024 in Washington, DC. — AFP

WASHINGTON: Former US president Donald Trump urged Republicans on Monday to reject a bipartisan Senate deal trading tough new border security measures for $60 billion in Ukraine funding and other national security priorities.

“Don´t be STUPID!!! We need a separate Border and Immigration Bill. It should not be tied to foreign aid in any way, shape, or form!” said Trump, who running for reelection and is desperate to deprive President Joe Biden of a major legislative win ahead of the November vote.

With the White House race looking almost certain to be a rematch of 2020, the Republican former president has been hammering his Democratic successor over record numbers of undocumented migrants crossing the southern border.

Senators unveiled one of the harshest immigration bills in a generation on Sunday, including significant restrictions that Biden has committed to signing into law.

The $118.3 billion package includes $60 billion for Ukraine, $14 billion for Israel, $10 billion in humanitarian aid, nearly $5 billion for Asia-Pacific partners including Taiwan, and $20 billion in new border funding. AFP