“Everywhere I go there is sales work” on Ukraine
According to Rep. Jerry Carl (R-AL), there continues to be full-court press for greater U.S. involvement in Ukraine aimed at members of Congress in Washington, D.C.
During an interview with Mobile, AL radio FM Talk 106.5, Carl recounted an event he attended at the French Embassy where he experienced the efforts. However, he said, while he sided with the Ukrainians against their Russian invaders, he believed there needed to be a greater focus on internal security.
“Everywhere I go there is sales work in Ukraine,” he said. “I had an event where I represented Alabama the other night at the French Embassy. Everything there turned into Ukraine. That’s Jerry’s opinion: I want that they win. I want to do what we can afford to do to help them win. But we have a southern border. If we have to spend the money, let’s spend it on the southern border. Don’t send it in. Ukraine.
“Now we can have aging material that they can use,” Carl continued. “God bless them, let’s get rid of them. Purge it. We gave the president a dollar figure several months ago, and he’s still working off of that dollar figure. We can send tanks. We can do things.
“You know, I’m so worried about this country, the fentanyl issue and the southern border,” he added. “And now the big thing right now – the northern border. We just woke up and realized that while we were down south chasing things around the border they just took a boat and ran across Lake Erie with fentanyl like it was a road opened. So now we have problems on both sides, the north and the south. We have problems in this country. Ukraine, again, I want to support them where I can support them, but I don’t want to support them with lives that I can save here in America.
Despite efforts to promote U.S. involvement in Ukraine, the Republican Alabama lawmaker said he believes the momentum is changing against increasing the U.S. footprint in Ukraine.
“I don’t have the feeling I’ve had in the past,” Carl said. “I don’t feel like France, I don’t feel like Germany is doing its fair share – investing more money. It is their continent. I mean, they have the most to lose here. They need to do more and stop depending on the United States to do everything. We haven’t done everything, but we’ve done more than our fair share, in my opinion.
“The attitude here was entirely pro-Ukrainian initially, but I see it changing,” he continued. “I’m starting to see people like me saying, ‘Hey, I got a lot of phone calls from people in my district telling me not to fund them, not to send them more money. Let’s focus on ourselves. Let’s focus on our own issues,” and you have to listen to your constituents… that’s one area here – just a huge amount of sales work, especially from the Democratic Party. I don’t understand that, but I understand that they are also starting to get pushed back on some of their TV programs.
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