Recently, Sen. Tom Cotton appeared on Fox News’s “Hannity” where he spoke on a proposed $100 million aid package for Gaza. The Arkansas Republican determined such efforts to be “dead on arrival.” The GOP has voiced concerns that the proposed aid could be funneled to Hamas.
Host Sean Hannity prompted the conversation by calling out the Biden administration, implying they are unwilling to prioritize the interests of the American interior while sending expensive foreign aid around the world.
“Now, despite the importance of protecting our homeland right now, Biden wants to send tens of billions more to Ukraine and hundreds of millions to Gaza, which we know we all know is going to end in the hands of Hamas,” Sean Hannity said. “But Senator Tom Cotton is putting his foot down, saying that Biden’s aid package is DOA, dead on arrival. He joins us now with more. Senator, is that a hundred percent certain it’s DOA?”
Sen. Cotton reaffirmed his stance on the proposed Gaza aid, maintaining that he would work to ensure it would be “dead on arrival.” Cotton spoke for other Congressional Republicans, suggesting they devise their own proposal while supporting Israel. The Senator claimed the United States can balance the priority of securing the southern border with various foreign policy interests.
“Sean, if I have anything to do with it, it will be dead on arrival,” Cotton replied. “And I think that’s the emerging position among Republicans in the Senate. You saw Senator McConnell today said the Senate will work its will to produce our own proposal. I think we need to support Israel. We got to control our southern border, obviously. We need to reinforce Taiwan, and we can provide needed military aid to Ukraine. We can all those things.”
Sen. Cotton slams the proposed aid package from the Biden administration, directly suggesting it would fund nefarious activities such as terrorism on behalf of Hamas or assist illegal immigration which is already at historically high levels. Cotton doubled down, reaffirming his priorities of securing the southern border with Mexico and supporting Israel.
“But as you say, that’s not what Joe Biden’s proposals do,” he continued. “It provides $3.5 billion of potential so-called humanitarian aid to Gaza, which we know under current conditions is little more than resupply for Hamas terrorists, or it provides billions of dollars to relocate illegal aliens into our country put them up in hotels, addressing the symptoms of the border crisis, not the cost of it, say, abuse of parole system, or abuse of the asylum system. So, we need to undertake efforts to support Israel and close our southern border. What we don’t need is Joe Biden’s proposals, much of which is just a long-standing Democratic wish list.”
The American Tribune recently reported on calls from Sen. Cotton for the Department of Homeland Security to deport all foreign nationals who voiced support for Hamas. The comments from the senator follow public displays of egregious anti-Semitism on college campuses, with many student groups signing open letters condemning Israel.
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