Sen. Rand Paul: 'Foreign Aid...Abets Corruption'

Susan Jones | December 16, 2019 | 6:33am EST
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Sen. Rand Paul (R-Ky.) (Photo by Alex Wong/Getty Images)
Sen. Rand Paul (R-Ky.) (Photo by Alex Wong/Getty Images)

( - Sen. Rand Paul (R-Ky.) says President Trump is right to be skeptical of foreign aid. And he told CNN's "State of the Union" he believes Trump really is concerned about corruption:

"All the governments of Ukraine have been corrupt," Paul said. "And, yes, I do think that foreign aid does not cure corruption. I think foreign aid aids and abets corruption. And if you look at studies, you actually find that the more-corrupt nations get more money, because we think we're going to somehow make them better.

"But they steal the money."

Paul pointed to the Mubaraks in Egypt, saying they stole up to $30 billion dollars.

"If you listened to the president's speeches throughout his campaign and throughout his administration, he's been concerned with corruption with regard to foreign aid. He -- every time I talk to the president, he's talking about how countries are taking from us and not doing as we have asked them to do and not being good allies."

"And so this is a common theme. And I think it's a political point. And I think the Democrats are trying to impeach him for politics they disagree with."

Paul noted that foreign aid is always contingent on behavior: "In fact, the money we gave him to give to Ukraine, it says specifically in the law he has to certify they are less prone to corruption. So, I mean, he was instructed by Congress to do exactly what he asked to be done."

Paul noted that "there are all kinds of accusations that Burisma and Hunter Biden and the company were corrupt and the founder of the company was corrupt."

Paul also made the point that President Trump never asked Ukraine to investigate his political "rival."

Here's the thing is, you guys are not being honest with the facts here. He does not call up and say, investigate my rival. He says, investigate a person.

So let's say I'm the Republican sheriff in my county here in Kentucky...If I'm the Republican sheriff here, and my Democrat opponent's son is caught stealing from a liquor store, am I supposed to say, oh, I'm allowed to investigate corruption unless that person is related to someone that might run against me?

So you can't make rules that way. It's either corruption or it's not growing corruption. It happens that, in this case, there were allegations of corruption, and they involved Joe Biden and his son.

And the American people, when they hear that Hunter Biden made 50 grand a month, they smell corruption. And I think it was wrong. And I think he used his office to enrich his son. And I think most Americans agree with us. But you keep saying that the president said, investigate my rival.

Paul called the Democrat impeachment effort "a very partisan exercise."

This is a disagreement. People on the Democrat side don't like President Trump. They don't like his demeanor. And so they have decided to sort of criminalize politics.

But I don't think it is a good thing. And I don't think it's a good day for the country. I think it is a sad day, because I hope it doesn't devolve into that every president, like in different parts of Latin America, we either impeach or throw presidents into jail just because we don't like their politics.

I think that will really dumb down and destroy the county.

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