Mitch McConnell blasts Tucker Carlson on aid package, criticizes Biden on Afghan withdrawal

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U.S. Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell blasted media personality Tucker Carlson and former President Donald Trump in televised comments Tuesday as after senators approved the foreign aid package that would send funds to Ukraine, Israel and Taiwan.

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What did Mitch McConnell say about aid to Israel, Ukraine and Taiwan?

After the Senate passed the foreign aid package, McConnell called it "an important day for America, and a very important day for freedom-loving countries around the world."

McConnell mentioned "difficulty on the Republican side" over the Ukraine portion of the aid package. He partially blamed Tucker Carlson for the "demonization of Ukraine."

"He had an enormous audience which convinced a lot of rank and file Republicans that maybe this was a mistake," he said.

McConnell also mentioned former President Donald Trump's contribution to the delay, saying he "didn't seem to want us to do anything at all. That took months to work our way through it."

What did Mitch McConnell say about President Joe Biden on the U.S. withdrawal from Afghanistan?

McConnell criticized President Joe Biden's administration for its foreign policy decisions.

"This current administration's decision to leave Afghanistan was a huge mistake," he said, "like sending a green light to all of our adversaries."

He went on to criticize Biden's administration for not asking for enough money to keep up with inflation.

What's the status of the foreign aid package?

The House approved the package, which partly mirrors an earlier aid package, on Saturday. Biden signed the bill into law Tuesday.

USA TODAY reported that the passage of the bills could cost Speaker Mike Johnson his leadership position due to disagreements among the Republican party over foreign aid and immigration policy.

How much money will the U.S. funnel to foreign countries?

The bills will result in $60 billion in support for Ukraine, along with another $17 billion for Israel, $9 billion in humanitarian aid for Gaza and elsewhere and $8 billion for allies in the Indo-Pacific.

USA TODAY reporters Riley Beggin and Ken Tran contributed to this report.

This article originally appeared on Indianapolis Star: Foreign aid to Ukraine: McConnell speaks on Republican delay