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Video: US troops will fight in Europe if border deal isn’t passed, top Democrat says

United States Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-NY) offers remarks following the Democratic Senate luncheon in the Hart Senate Office Building on April 27, 2021, in Washington, D.C. (Rod Lamkey/CNP/Zuma Press/TNS)
February 10, 2024

Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer has threatened that if Congress does not pass the Senate’s bipartisan border deal, U.S. troops could be “fighting in eastern Europe, in a NATO ally in a few years.”

During a Monday interview on MSNBC, Schumer highlighted the bipartisan national security bill that has been proposed in the Senate. The bill includes $60 billion in funding for Ukraine, $20 billion in funding for border security, and additional funding for Israel.

Schumer claimed that negotiations on the bipartisan legislation “took a long time” and that the legislation “fell off the tracks a whole bunch of times.” The majority leader stated, “History will look back on it and say, ‘Did America fail itself?'”

Schumer added that the proposed legislation is “crucial,” warning that “if we don’t aid Ukraine, Putin will walk all over Ukraine, we will lose the war, and we could be fighting in eastern Europe in a NATO ally in a few years. Americans won’t like that.”

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Schumer claimed that if America does not quickly pass aid to help Israel defend against Hamas terrorists, the war in the Middle East will “go on and on and on.” Appealing to his Democrat supporters, Schumer also claimed the United States needs to provide humanitarian aid to Palestinians in Gaza, suggesting that “hundreds of thousands could starve” if the U.S. does not quickly pass the bill.

“Too many Republicans, including Speaker Johnson, are just scared to death of Donald Trump,” Schumer told MSNBC. “Donald Trump has said he wants chaos. Donald Trump has said, ‘Well, wait until I become president,’ that’ll take at least a year. Ukraine could be gone. The border will get much worse. War in the Middle East will get worse.”

Schumer claimed that the Senate border deal hinges on whether senators will “do the right thing for America.” Taking a shot at the former president, the Democrat lawmaker questioned whether his fellow senators would be able to “drown out the political noise from Trump and his minions” and vote for the proposed bill.

In contrast to Schumer, House Speaker Mike Johnson (R-La.) has warned that the proposed legislation will be “dead on arrival” if it reaches the House of Representatives. The Republican leaders have warned that the Senate’s bill is “even worse than we expected” and that the legislation would not bring an end to the current “border catastrophe” under the Biden administration.