Tuberville suggests Ukrainian leaders are spending money US gives them on ‘beach houses all over the world’

Sen. Tommy Tuberville (R-AL) suggested that Ukrainian leaders are spending United States aid money on “beach houses all over the world.”

In an appearance on Newsmax, Tuberville bemoaned the financial situation of the U.S., urging the government to focus on that before sending out any foreign funds. He turned his attention to Ukraine, where he claimed that U.S. aid money was being squandered on the personal needs of Ukrainian leaders.

“We are printing $80,000 a second, borrowing $80,000 a second, $4.6 million a minute!” he said. “And we’re thinking about giving Ukraine more money to waste — these people can’t buy any more houses, and what they bought, they’ve got beach houses all over the world. Let’s start thinking about our country.”

There has been no proof of Ukraine’s current leadership using money that the U.S. sends them on anything other than the country’s defense against Russia.

Among the usually hawkish Senate GOP, Tuberville has stood out in his opposition to Ukraine aid. He has also made questionable claims before regarding crime and other topics, with Democrats targeting him for his rhetoric.

He has previously argued that the country will inevitably lose to Russia and that the extensive aid given by the U.S. has been squandered due to corruption.

The Alabama Republican previously complained about Ukraine’s acquisition of billions of U.S. dollars to finance things unrelated to the military.

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“The United States has no strategic interest in the war in Ukraine or in Eastern Europe in general,” he said in October. “The requested $60 billion for Ukraine would be in addition to the more than $100 billion that Congress has already agreed to give them — for everything from Ukraine’s farmers to Ukrainian bureaucrat pensions — at a time when our own farmers are struggling, and too many American pension funds are in trouble. This is a staggering amount of funding, more than Russia’s entire annual defense budget.”

Ukraine has struggled heavily with corruption since its independence in 1991, as have all Soviet successor states. Western backers of the country have pushed the government to crack down on its excesses during the war.

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