‘How can we expect the Biden Administration to defend American ideals abroad, if the president won’t even defend them here at home?’
‘There’s a clear pattern here: the president’s policies aren’t working, and they are emboldening our enemies.’
‘Peace is only possible when the United States is strong. That means a strong military. A strong economy. A strong educational system. And a strong border.’
WASHINGTON – U.S. Senator Tommy Tuberville (R-AL) today delivered remarks on the Floor of the United States Senate to note where President Biden is getting it wrong when it comes to national security and border security.
Excerpts from his remarks can be found below, and the full speech can be viewed here.
“The United States of America [remains] a beacon of strength and freedom. Generations of Americans purchased this strength through blood, treasure, and self-sacrifice.”
“We do not want to be the first generation of Americans to abandon that tradition. But we will, unless we give our men and women in uniform the tools they need to do their job. [T]alk is cheap. And cheap talk is what we’re getting, because this budget does not rise to meet that threat.”
“At the same time, President Biden and Congressional Democrats’ policies are giving us a weak economy when it should be roaring. They’ve put forth thinly veiled attempts to strip our country of what makes it so great.”
“But, worst of all is teaching kids to hate their country. The Biden administration has embraced the divisive curriculum of Critical Race Theory to rewrite history and paint the United States as a villain. How can we expect the Biden Administration to defend American ideals abroad, if the president won’t even defend them at home? This isn’t ‘building back better.’”
“Teddy Roosevelt always said, “speak softly, and carry a big stick.” President Biden is certainly speaking softly all right, but he’s whittling away our big stick down to a twig.”
“We’re already seeing the results. Weakness invites aggression.”
“Take Palestine for example. Just two months ago, President Biden decided to send hundreds of millions of dollars in aid to the Palestinians. They just took American dollars, and turned around and rained terror on our #1 ally in the Middle East, with thousands of rockets aimed at Israeli civilians.”
“President Biden made no secret that he wanted to bring back the failed Iran nuclear deal that was the pride of President Obama’s second term. Well, Iran responded by supplying Hamas with those rockets to kill Israeli civilians.”
“And the week after President Biden announced his ‘skinny’ budget proposal – with no increase to the Department of Defense – China sent a record number of fighter jets into the Taiwanese air space. That’s a clear pattern: the president’s policies aren’t working, and are emboldening our enemies.”
“The fallout from the Biden Administration’s weakness isn’t just limited to far-off countries across the sea. We’re seeing the very real cost at our southern border. In May of this year alone, Customs and Border Protection apprehended more than 180,000 illegal immigrants along the southern border. According to the CBP, there have been at least 59 thousand illegal immigrants apprehended who were not from Mexico, Guatemala, El Salvador, or Honduras.”
“So, what the Biden administration is doing is they’re not stemming the tide. President Biden threw his hands up and put Vice President Harris in charge. She thinks her words, ‘Don’t come,’ are enough to stop the flood of illegal immigrants. They’re not. Her words are too little, too late.”
“When asked why she hasn’t gone to the border to see the crisis for herself, Vice President Harris laughed and said, ‘I haven’t been to Europe’ either. I couldn’t believe what I was hearing. We need leadership, not a tourist.”
“I’ve been to the border. And I’ve seen how dangerous it is for these people coming here. The vice president needs to see the human cost of the policies she and the president are supporting.”
“Peace is only possible when the United States is strong. That means a strong military. A strong economy. A strong educational system. And a strong border. Unless we reverse our course soon, it will be too late to stop the violence and aggression President Biden’s weakness has invited across the globe, and here at home.”
Senator Tommy Tuberville represents Alabama in the United States Senate and is a member of the Senate Armed Services, Agriculture, Veterans’ Affairs, and HELP Committees.