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Former President Trump criticises senate foreign aid bill, suggests issuing loan instead
Washington DC: Former President Trump voiced his disapproval against a Senate foreign aid bill in a rally held in South Carolina, expressing concern over its substantial allocation, reported The Hill.
Trump said, "They want to give like almost $100 billion to a few countries, $100 billion." He proposed an alternative approach, stating, "I said, 'Why do we do this? If you do, you give them, not $100 billion, you give it to 'em as a loan.'"
According to The Hill, the Senate recently advanced a USD 95.3 billion package aimed at providing funding for Ukraine and Israel.
This move followed the collapse of a bipartisan agreement merging foreign aid with border security reforms, a deal Trump vehemently opposed. Trump's criticism was evident when he labeled it a "death wish" for his party immediately after its unveiling, as per The Hill.
"Only a fool, or a Radical Left Democrat, would vote for this horrendous Border Bill, which only gives Shutdown Authority after 5000 Encounters a day when we already have the right to CLOSE THE BORDER NOW, which must be done," Trump wrote on Truth Social.
"This Bill is a great gift to the Democrats and a Death Wish for The Republican Party. It takes the HORRIBLE JOB the Democrats have done on Immigration and the Border, absolves them, and puts it all squarely on the shoulders of Republicans," Trump continued.
Trump's stance found support from Speaker of the House Mike Johnson (R-La.), who also condemned the bill.
Speaker of the House Mike Johnson (R-La.) also went after the bill.
"I've seen enough. This bill is even worse than we expected and won't come close to ending the border catastrophe the President has created. As the lead Democrat negotiator proclaimed, Under this legislation, 'the border never closes,'" Johnson wrote on X, formerly known as Twitter. If this bill reaches the House, it will be dead on arrival," he added.
The Senate's decision to push forward with the foreign aid package, despite opposition from Trump and other Republican figures, underscores ongoing debates over the allocation of government funds and approaches to international assistance.