JUST IN: Trump calls for end to foreign handouts, says US should only give loans

"The United States of America should be 'stupid' no longer!"

On Saturday, former President Donald Trump called for the end to all foreign aid, unless it is a loan and "not just a giveaway."

In a statement on Truth Social, Trump said, "From this point forward...No money in the form of foreign Aid should be given to any country unless it is done as a loan."

"I can be loaned on extraordinarily good terms, like no interest, and an unlimited life, but a loan nevertheless." he continued. "The deal should be (contingent!) that the US is helping you, as a nation, but if the country we are helping ever turns against us, or strikes it rich sometime in the future, the loan will be paid off and the money returned to the United States."

"We should never give money anymore without the hope of a payback, or without 'strings' attached. the United States of America should be 'stupid' no longer!" the former president concluded.

On Thursday, the Senate advanced a $95.3 billion foreign aid bill. 17 GOP senators voted with Democrats to advance the bill for a final vote. The current version would send $48 billion to Ukraine, $11 billion to Israel, $9 billion to Gaza, and almost $5 billion to Taiwan.

A previous version of the bill had $20.23 billion for protecting the US border, while simultaneously sending $60 billion to Ukraine and $14 billion to Israel. However, House Speaker Mike Johnson (R-LA) warned that the bill was "dead on arrival" if it passed the Senate.

I’ve seen enough. This bill is even worse than we expected, and won’t come close to ending the border catastrophe the President has created. As the lead Democrat negotiator proclaimed: Under this legislation, 'the border never closes.' If this bill reaches the House, it will be dead on arrival," Johnson wrote on X

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