On Monday, Robert F. Kennedy Jr., an independent presidential candidate, declared his opposition to a bipartisan Senate measure that would allocate funds for Ukraine, Israel, and other foreign causes in conjunction with anemic border security reforms.
Kennedy expressed concern in a post to X that featured a photograph of President Joe Biden placing his hand on the shoulder of Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky.
Specifically, he criticized the $60 billion in wartime aid to Ukraine included in the $118 billion package, which was extended to Ukraine almost two years into its ongoing war with Russia.
According to some polls, Kennedy would receive double-digit support in a rematch with former President Donald Trump and Joe Biden.
This finding coincides with surveys indicating that voters are not enthusiastic about a 2020 rematch between Trump and Biden.
Kennedy recently expressed his willingness to potentially align himself with the Libertarian Party in order to more easily gain ballot access.
The party criticized the Senate measure in response to one of Kennedy’s posts to X by expressing opposition not only to Ukraine aid but also support for Israel.
Trump dissuaded Republican lawmakers from endorsing the Senate bill, citing its timing in advance of the 2024 election and advocating for a border measure distinct from foreign aid.
Conversely, Haley, Trump’s Republican opponent, expressed her approval of certain asylum amendments in the legislation but expressed disapproval of others.
Haley further suggested that Congress remain in Washington and continue to refine the bill until they arrive at a workable compromise.
For his part, Biden, whose administration helped to craft the measure, strongly exhorted legislators to support the legislation in spite of their many misgivings about its contents.