Vance: Negotiated ‘Border Deal’ is ‘Pure, Unadulterated Bullshit’

U.S. Sen. J.D. Vance (R-Ohio) ripped the “negotiated” border security deal released this week, calling it a “fig leaf to send another $61 billion to Ukraine.”

“The idea that we committed to supporting whatever came out of this (border deal) negotiation is pure, unadulterated bullshit,” said Vance. “We supported a negotiation to bring common sense border security to this country. We did not agree to a fig leaf to send another $61 billion to Ukraine.”


As American Greatness reported earlier this week, the border deal released by U.S. Sen. James Lankford (R-Okla.) would spend $60 billion for “military aid” to Ukraine, but only $20 billion for U.S. border security.

U.S. Sen. Mike Lee (R-Utah) pointed out that that Ukraine aid amount is more than the $53.8 billion FY2023 budget for the entire U.S. Marine Corps.

Vance said the bill shows that Republican leadership is out of touch with Republican voters.

I think leadership is massively out of touch with Republican voters,” said Vance. “We are not, as a Republican party, behind unlimited, unaccounted for aid to Ukraine without any goals in mind, without any sense of where the money is going and what’s going to be accomplished if we continue to support Ukraine.”

“I care much more about the American southern border, but I’m not going to vote for a border security package that doesn’t do any border security,” said Vance.

Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) earlier today formally recommended that U.S. Senate Republicans block the border deal.

House Speaker Mike Johnson (R-Ala.) had said the bill was “dead on arrival” almost as soon as the bill language was revealed.

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Photo: WASHINGTON, DC - FEBRUARY 06: Sen. JD Vance (R-OH) listens during a news conference on the U.S. Southern Border at the U.S. Capitol on February 06, 2024 in Washington, DC. Senate Republicans held the news conference to discuss their lack of support for the bipartisan Senate immigration legislation released over the weekend. (Photo by Anna Moneymaker/Getty Images)