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Former Trump advisor says its not the role of the US taxpayer to fund the war in Ukraine

"This is Europe's backyard. Europe needs to shoulder this burden," Victoria Coates said.

Published: February 28, 2023 5:49pm

Updated: February 28, 2023 9:01pm

Former deputy national security advisor to President Trump, Victoria Coates, says that it's not the job of Americans to fund the war in Ukraine.

"If the Treasury Department has a role to play here, it would be in supporting them developing a new clean economy," Coates said on the Tuesday edition of the "Just the News, No Noise" TV show.

"What I want to know is why it is the job of the United States taxpayer to put, as the president put it 10 days ago, something in the pockets of all Ukrainians?" she continued. "I mean, we're doing enough in terms of creating a kind of welfare state dependency here at home."

Coates pointed out that the role of the United States, particularly its military, shouldn't be taking the sole responsibility of bearing other countries' burdens. 

"It's not the job of the United States to do this in Ukraine," she stated. "It's the job of the United States if we choose to have one, to help with lethal military aid that we do best, but not to sort of shoulder the burdens of civil society in Ukraine."

The former advisor and now current senior research fellow at the Heritage Foundation noted that other countries aren't doing a fraction of what the United States is doing for Ukraine. 

"Given the fact that the Germans and the French are not doing anything close to this in terms of support is shameful," said Coates. "This is not our job. This is Europe's backyard. Europe needs to shoulder this burden."

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