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WASHINGTON, D.C. — Yesterday, U.S. Senator Shelley Moore Capito (R-W.Va.), a member of the Senate Homeland Security Appropriations Subcommittee, joined Fox Business Network’s Varney & Co. to highlight pressing national security issues, including the wars in Ukraine and Israel, as well as the crisis at the southern border.
During the interview, Senator Capito highlighted the need to aid Ukraine in its fight against Vladimir Putin’s brutal invasion in order to protect American interests and NATO allies from further attacks. She also discussed the need to support Israel in its aim to defeat the Iran-backed terrorist group, Hamas. Senator Capito also highlighted the national security threat posed by the open southern border here in the United States and the ability of potential terrorists to illegally enter the country undetected.
THE NEED TO SUPPORT UKRAINE: “I believe that we need to keep continuing to fund the military efforts in Ukraine. For very simply that reason, the degradation of Putin's army, the degradation of his power, and the ability for him to claim victory are absolutely in our national security interests. If he were to be successful here, I do believe, as Secretary Austin said, he will not stop. He will go into a NATO nation and then we have obligations far beyond what we have right now. So, I think we've seen the Ukrainians make great progress. We need to keep supporting them, and I intend to do that.”
CONCERNS ABOUT A “CONTINUAL WAR” IN UKRAINE: “I do and I hear that at home. And I share that concern. That's why, just yesterday, we implored to find out: what is the endgame here? What is the strategy that's going to move us forward? And you know, we cannot continue to support their government, their public officials, their fire responders. You know, we have obligations here, we have obligations at our southern border that we need to put more emphasis to stop that, and so I think the American people want that from the President. I think he's been unclear, but personally, I think the fact that Putin could win here is enough of a challenge to every American, for our future, that we need to simply say we are on the right track. Ukrainians are standing up and fighting for their own freedom. This is about freedoms and democracies. And we know now when we see what's happening all across the world, how important it is to support those freedom loving countries and those democracies.”
THE NEED FOR A BORDER STRATEGY: “Well, I made that point with Secretary Blinken when I asked him, ‘what's our strategy on the southern border?’ and he starts telling me about how he's negotiating the diplomatic issues with, you know, South America and in the hemisphere, and I just blatantly said: ‘it's not working.’ I even repeated: ‘it's not working,’ and he did nod. And so, you know, the acknowledgement needs to be, obviously at the presidential level, but I think that this ask that the President is asking us for, for Israel and Ukraine, who I both support, both, has to have not just more money at the border, it has to have substantive policy changes: quicker asylum hearings, more stringent parole hearings, more border wall- things that we know that are effective to deter the over 200 people on the terrorist [watch] list, but the over 2 million that have entered this country over the last year.”
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