Republican presidential candidate Nikki Haley urged Republicans to continue sending billions of dollars to Ukraine, arguing it is just a tiny portion of the U.S. defense budget.
During an interview with CNN’s Jake Tapper on “State of the Union,’ Haley was asked about the G20 not condemning Russia’s invasion of Ukraine in this year’s statement.
“It was a win for Russia and China. They’re celebrating today,” Haley said.
“I mean, what we should have had was, Biden, should have really pushed hard to acknowledge what he acknowledged a year ago, that Russia invaded a pro-American, freedom-loving country,” she added.
“And that’s a fact. And to deny a fact a year later is giving a win to Russia.”
Tapper asked if some House Republicans “fighting to strip $24 billion in aid to Ukraine” were making a mistake.
“I think that you have to look at the fact that 3.5 percent has been spent from our defense budget towards Ukraine.”
“That’s just 3.5 percent. That percentage of GDP, 11 countries have spent more than us,” Haley argued.
“We know that Russia has said, once they take Ukraine, Poland, and the Baltics are next, and then you’re looking at a full-on war,” she continued.
“What we’re trying to do is prevent war. That’s a pretty good return on investment to prevent war.”
“I think that we need to continue giving them equipment and ammunition with our allies to win,” she said, adding that she did not want to put troops on the ground.
“Republicans and Democrats should not pull an Afghanistan,” Haley continued.
“Don’t go pulling out now,” Nikki Haley said alluding that the billions being sent to Ukraine should continue.
Last week, the Daily Fetched reported that Secretary of State Antony Blinken pledged $1 billion more for Ukraine, including $300 Million for the country’s law enforcement, saying the United States is “determined to continue to walk side-by-side” in its ongoing war with Russia.
“We are determined in the United States to continue to walk side-by-side with you,” Blinken told Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky on Monday.
“President Biden asked me to come, to reaffirm strongly our support, to ensure that we are maximizing the efforts that we’re making and other countries are making for the immediate challenge of the counteroffensive as well as the longer-term efforts to help Ukraine build a force for the future that can deter and defend against any future aggression, but also to work with you and support you as you engage in the critical work of strengthening your democracy, rebuilding your economy,” Blinden said.