Senator Lindsey Graham (R-S.C.) emphasized the prioritization of securing the U.S. border before allocating funds to address international concerns, including the conflict in Ukraine. Speaking on “Eric Bolling The Balance,” Graham aligned with House Speaker Mike Johnson, asserting that border security should take precedence over other funding considerations.
While acknowledging the importance of items in the $106 billion supplemental funding bill, such as support for Israel, Ukraine, Taiwan, and addressing the southern border, Graham insisted on addressing domestic issues first. He stated, “We need to secure our own frigging border. I’m not gonna send any money to Ukraine or anywhere else until we fix our broken border.”
Graham referenced FBI Director Christopher Wray’s testimony, highlighting the heightened threat level on U.S. soil since recent global events. He expressed concern about the state of the U.S. border, emphasizing the need to address security challenges before providing aid to allies.
Despite emphasizing the need to secure the border, Graham acknowledged the importance of funding Ukraine, stating, “You may not agree that Ukraine is important, but I do.” He criticized the Biden administration for what he perceived as historical dangers related to border security.
Graham voiced his strong stance on fighting terrorism abroad to prevent threats at home. He criticized the decision to withdraw from Afghanistan, expressing concern about the rise of terrorism and the potential for attacks on U.S. soil. Emphasizing the border as the last line of defense, Graham underscored the urgency of addressing security challenges to prevent potential terrorist attacks.