Tucker Carlson had a fiery debate with a GOP congresswoman who said she’d be open to supporting a no-fly zone over Ukraine – but not to troops being deployed to the southern border.
Maria Salazar, a former news anchor turned US representative from Florida, was accused of hypocrisy by Carlson, but defended her positions during a fiery debate.
Salazar explained her openness to a no-fly zone by insisting it was not her first choice of measure, and that it was ‘not for her’ to dictate Ukraine’s military strategy.
Carlson countered: ‘You don’t seem as appalled by the violation of our borders by tens of millions of people,’ Carlson said.
Salazar refused to back down, answering: ‘That’s hypothetical again,’ in reference to an earlier scenario presented to her by Carlson.
She was grilled over her proposal for an immigration bill that would see tens of millions of people in the US illegally being allowed stay, but hit back by highlighting border security measures she had championed.
Salazar said: ‘I am for — all the technology we could find so we can secure the border. All the military, veterans, the police forces that we could hire so we could secure and seal the order not only for people, but fentanyl and child ex traffickers.
‘So as I told you, the bill is right there. It’s technology, it’s not so simple is to say are going to put this or that, it’s a series of technicalities of technology that we need to use.’
Amid the combative discussion, with Salazar accusing him of twisting her words, he asked her again whether she would send the U.S. military to the southern border.
‘Let me just ask you a question: can you see why Americans who support the Ukrainians’ right to secure their own borders – I certainly do, most people do, all Americans do – can you see the frustration that they might feel listening to you, a lawmaker, say yeah, there’s a process, when it happens in a foreign country we have to send billions, members of the U.S. military, your sons, but we can’t kind of do that here – because why?
‘Can you sort of understand the frustration little bit?’
Salazar replied that she never suggested sending U.S. troops to fight in Ukraine.
‘I have never said that I want to send troops, our boys, to fight in Ukraine because I don’t think that Zelensky is asking.
‘We are sending at the same time stingers and javelins and ammunitions – we are sending a lot of things.’
Carlson replied: ‘Why don’t we protect our border with the same seriousness?
‘But you’re not. You’re not treating our border crisis with any level of the same seriousness.’
The Ukrainian leader addressed Congress earlier on Wednesday, and appealed for more assistance in fighting Russia.
Joe Biden on Tuesday approved $1.1 billion in military aid, in a move which has received bipartisan support.
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