Biden Calls on House Republicans to Support Foreign Aid Bill and Stand Against Putin’s Influence

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President Joe Biden recently urged Republicans in the House to pass the foreign aid bill that cleared the U.S. Senate on Monday night and to “stand with decency” and “democracy” over Vladimir Putin.

During his speech at the White House on Tuesday, Biden launched a scathing attack on former President Donald Trump. He accused Trump of elevating Putin’s status across the globe and supporting Putin’s agenda of weakening American power. In particular, Biden criticized Trump for his recent speech in which he appeared to welcome Putin’s invasion of NATO allies.

“The stakes are already high for American security before this bill was passed in the Senate last night,” Biden said of the $95 billion aid bill for Ukraine, Israel, and Taiwan.

“But in recent days, those stakes have risen. And that’s because the former president has set a dangerous and shockingly, frankly, un-American signal to the world,” he added, continuing:

Just a few days ago, Trump gave an invitation to Putin to invade some of our ally NATO allies. He said if an ally didn’t spend enough money on defense, he would encourage Russia to, quote, ‘Do whatever the hell they want,’ end of quote. Can you imagine a former president of the United States saying that so the whole world heard it? The worst thing is he means it.

No other president in our history has ever bowed down to a Russian dictator. Let me say this as clearly as I can. I never will. For God’s sake, it’s dumb. It’s shameful. It’s dangerous. It’s un-American.

“NATO is a sacred commitment. Donald Trump looks at this as if it’s a burden. When he looks at NATO, he doesn’t see the alliance that protects America and the world. He sees a protection racket. He doesn’t understand that NATO is built on fundamental principles of freedom, security, and national sovereignty. Because for Trump, principles never matter. Everything is transactional,” Biden continued, adding:

Article five has only been invoked once, just once in NATO history. And it was done to stand with America after we were attacked on 9/11. We should never forget it. You know, our adversaries have long sought to create cracks in the alliance. The greatest hope of all those who wish America harm is for NATO to fall apart. And you can be sure that they all cheered when they heard Donald Trump and heard what he said. I know this I will not walk away. I can’t imagine any other president walking away for as long as I’m president. Putin attacks a NATO ally. The United States will defend every inch of NATO territory.

“House Republicans, you got to decide, are you going to stand up for freedom or are you going to side with terror and tyranny? You’re going to stand with Ukraine or you’re going to stand with Putin? Stand with America or Trump?” Biden declared.

“Republicans and Democrats in the Senate came together to send a message of unity to the world. It’s time for the House Republicans to do the same thing, to pass this bill immediately, to stand for decency, to stand for democracy, to stand up to a so-called leader hell-bent on weakening American security.

And I mean it sincerely. History is watching. History is watching. In moments like this, we have to remember who we are. We’re the United States of America. The world is looking to us. There’s nothing beyond our capacity. We act together. In this case, acting together includes acting with our NATO allies. God bless you all,” he concluded.

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