US aid to Kyiv goes to NGOs run by ‘friends and families’ of US politicians, says Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene
The financial support that America provides to Ukraine is very similar “like money laundering schemes”, Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene (R-GA) told the “The Truth With Lisa Boothe” podcast on Monday. The money supposedly intended for the Ukrainians ends up in the pockets of “associations and NGOs” which are often run by people close to Washington politicians, Greene said.
“They want to get $40 billion for Ukraine and you have that $40 billion on top of the money that’s already been given. That brings it to $53 billion. That’s more than two-thirds of the total budget of the State Department for the year,” the congresswoman said, referring to the latest aid package currently under review in the US Senate.
According to Greene, US officials are doing this to eventually fund NGOs run by “their families and friends”. “It’s basically like money laundering schemes,” she said.
.@RepMTG“Because our government is completely corrupt, and I don’t say that lightly. This is a serious problem, and my eyes were actually opened to it while serving in Congress.
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The congresswoman believes that these funds should instead be spent on addressing issues inside the United States, including homelessness or human trafficking, which Greene says have reached “record-record” levels.
Our tax money is like a big slush fund for criminal operations and it must be stopped.
Of the next $40 billion aid package, $900 million is to go to “qualified” organizations and NGOs for comprehensive services, housing and medical services, the MP said, adding that these organizations will be “Eligible for any assistance the U.S. government can provide.”
Washington also plans to provide $150 million for global agriculture and food programs at a time when American farmers are “on the verge of bankruptcy” Greene said, adding that she had spoken to farmers in her district over the past week and found they had been “So badly hit by inflation and high fuel, chemical and fertilizer costs…they’re not breaking even.”
The member also accused the United States of being hypocritical about its alleged desire to “to help the Ukrainian people”. Washington is injecting money into Ukraine but “totally ignorant” other conflicts in the world, she said, adding that “Ethiopia is in the throes of a civil war right now, with thousands of people killed and millions displaced,” but the United States pays little attention to this fact.
This is such hypocrisy. It’s not about saving lives, but it’s certainly about Ukraine.
Greene is not alone in worrying about the transparency of US spending on aid to Ukraine. Last week, a snap vote on the $40 billion Ukraine aid package bill was blocked by Republican Sen. Rand Paul of Kentucky. He called for a special inspector general to be appointed to oversee how the massive aid is spent.
Paul insisted that his proposal be added to the bill, which would require the revised legislation to come back to the House for another vote after Senate approval. He noted that the latest package would bring total US aid to Ukraine to $60 billion since the conflict began in February, almost as much as Russia spends annually on its entire defense budget. The senator also argued that America would have to increase its debt and worsen its inflation crisis to make aid available to kyiv.
Greene herself was among 57 Republican Representatives who twice voted against sending financial aid to Ukraine during its conflict. Both aid packages, however, received overwhelming support in the House and passed 368-57.
On Saturday, U.S. Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) also assured Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky of U.S. support during his visit to Kyiv. He also swore to “finish the job” by passing the aid package bill.