Senator Rand Paul (R-KY) criticized Ukraine’s President Zelensky for what he characterized as “pleading” with American taxpayers to provide additional funding. He reiterated his stance against the ongoing U.S.-led military involvement in Ukraine during an interview on Fox Business. Furthermore, Senator Paul accused President Zelensky of heading a “corrupt regime.”

It’s not even just going to armaments,” Paul said.

“You realize we’re funding the pension of their government workers and we complain about bloated government here.

“They’ve got bloated government and they’ve got corruption.

“And the American taxpayer, people are struggling in our country, are asked to fund it.

“I think it’s wrong. And I think most of the American people, frankly, are with me.”

The senator also noted that Zelensky has canceled democracy in the country.

“They’ve canceled the elections,” he noted.

“What kind of democracy has no election?

“Next year, Zelensky said he’s not going to have an election because it would be inconvenient during the war and would be expensive.”

“If you don’t have elections, who in the world will be supporting a country that’s not a democracy?

“They’ve banned the political parties, they’ve invaded churches, they’ve arrested priests.

“So, no, it isn’t a democracy. It’s a corrupt regime.”

“The Russians are worse,” Paul continued.

“But at the same time, we don’t always have to pick some side to be on.

“But the ultimate reason I’m against this is we don’t have the money.

“And when we borrow more money, it leads to more inflation, leads to more likelihood of recession in our country.

“And so we just can’t keep doing it.”

“We are about $1.5 trillion dollars in debt for this year,” Paul further urged.

“Over the last three months, we’ve accumulated almost a trillion dollars in three months.

“The total is $33 trillion, so we don’t have like an extra rainy day fund or a surplus we can send them.”

“We have to borrow the money from China to send to Ukraine, so no matter what your sympathies are in the war, and I am sympathetic to Ukraine fighting off the Russian aggressors, but at the same time I think it’s irresponsible to think about their country before I think about my country,” he added.