Exclusive — Guatemalan President: Kamala Harris Is Missing in Action on Migration Crisis; ‘We Need Greater Communication’

Guatemalan President Alejandro Giammattei has not spoken to U.S. Vice President Kamala Harris since January and says “greater communication” is needed between Guatemala and the United States to address the countries’ ongoing migration crisis.

Giammattei told Breitbart News during a wide-ranging interview in Washington, DC, on Tuesday that the last communication he had with Harris — a phone call in January — was not focused on migration.

“She told me she didn’t want me to appoint my attorney general. We didn’t talk about human trafficking. That was the only time that I spoke to her since she went to Guatemala, and the topic was not immigration,” Giammattei said.

The president added, “I do think that we need greater communication between the government of the United States and our government at least.”

U.S. President Joe Biden assigned Harris to lead efforts to address the “root causes” of migration in March 2021 in response to surging numbers of migrants illegally entering the U.S. through Mexico.

Harris said at a CEO Summit in June, well over one year after Biden appointed her as border czar, that the administration was “making progress” on its “long-term efforts” to address “root causes” of migration. Harris’s claim of progress appears to conflict with the sheer numbers of illegal migrants border officials continue to apprehend on a monthly basis, however.

Border officials reported encountering more than 200,000 migrants crossing the border illegally for the past three consecutive months, sky-high numbers not seen in at least two decades. The overall number of illegal migrant encounters under Biden continues to far outpace numbers seen under the Trump administration.

Asked if he felt Harris was doing her job as border czar sufficiently or if she could do more, Giammattei said, “I could tell you that I don’t know the powers of Vice President Kamala Harris regarding programs with us.”

Ashley Oliver Alejandro Giammattei

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Harris visited Guatemala in June 2021 and appeared alongside Giammattei for a press briefing, during which she made a viral albeit apparently empty “do not come” plea to illegal migrants. In their January 2022 phone call, the White House claimed Harris and Giammattei spoke about her agenda to address migration’s “root causes,” human smuggling, and “holding corrupt actors accountable,” a possible reference to Guatemalan Attorney General María Consuelo Porras.

Giammattei’s reappointment of Porras in May, which Giammattei noted was discussed in his phone call with Harris in January, has been an ongoing source of contention between the United States and Guatemala.

The U.S. State Department has designated Porras as corrupt, accusing her of using her position to “protect her political allies.” Giammattei disagrees deeply with this designation, and a spokesman for his office told Breitbart News he believes the Biden administration has its own political motives behind its move to sanction Porras.

The White House also noted in its summary of the January phone call that Harris told Giammattei her “Call to Action” initiative has “generated over $1.2 billion dollars of private sector investment to the region,” but the Giammattei spokesman said, “We are still waiting for that.”

Giammattei’s interview with Breitbart News occurred while the president was on an official tour in the United States. The president’s visit included meeting with Secretary Alejandro Mayorkas and appearing at the Organization of American States and at the annual International Religious Freedom Summit.

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Exclusive – President of Guatemala: Buying Oil from Venezuela Is ‘Nourishing the Devil’

Exclusive – President of Guatemala: Buying Oil from Venezuela Is ‘Nourishing the Devil’

President Alejandro Giammattei of Guatemala told Breitbart News in an exclusive interview this week that he would never consider buying oil from socialist Venezuela, calling such a deal – which U.S. President Joe Biden is reportedly considering – akin to “nourishing the devil.”

In a wide-ranging interview in Washington, DC, on Tuesday, Giammattei also suggested that rumored talks about lifting American sanctions on Venezuela’s oil industry may be related to what he described as inaction on the part of the Biden administration in the face of drug traffickers flying planes full of product into America out of the Caribbean nation.

Reports began surfacing in March, later confirmed by Venezuelan socialist dictator Nicolás Maduro, that Biden had sent a delegation to Venezuela for talks with the regime. America does not recognize Maduro as the president of Venezuela given that he formally lost that title after a sham election in 2019. Maduro confirmed again this week that the Biden administration representatives had met with a senior regime official in Caracas.

Giammattei, a hardline conservative, is visiting the U.S. for several engagements, including a meeting with Department of Homeland Security Secretary Alejandro Mayorkas, a leadership summit at the Organization of American States, and an address to the 2022 International Religious Freedom Summit:

Giammetti is one of a dwindling number of conservative leaders in the Americas after the elections of leftists Biden, Chilean President Gabriel Boric, Argentine President Alberto Fernández, Colombian President-elect Gustavo Petro, Peruvian President Pedro Castillo, and Bolivian President Luis Arce. In Central America, Guatemala shares the region with one of the most brutal dictatorships in the hemisphere, the communist Sandinista regime in Nicaragua.

Asked about the challenge of running Guatemala as a conservative, Giammattei laughed and replied, “Very difficult – it’s hard! But we’re moving, struggling for what we believe, what we really believe. For our principles.”

“I’ll give you an example. I could see myself [struggling] with many needs, but I would not make a pact with the devil,” Giammattei told Breitbart News. “Going to buy oil from Venezuela, from Maduro who has committed crimes against the Venezuelan people, who has the biggest immigration [crisis], that is negotiating with the devil and that is breaking with [my] principles.”

“If I believe in democracy,” the president concluded, “Maduro can have petroleum and I could have need, but I wouldn’t buy a gallon. I wouldn’t buy it for a simple reason: I would be nourishing the devil.”

Giammattei observed elsewhere in the interview that Venezuela is a major hub of drug trafficking and questioned why American officials appeared not to act sufficiently to prevent drugs from entering the United States from the South American country.

Years of evidence compiled by the American government and transnational crime experts implicates nearly every single senior Maduro regime official in drug trafficking, particularly cocaine. Diosdado Cabello, who runs Maduro’s United Socialist Party of Venezuela (PSUV), has repeatedly been identified as the head of the Cartel de los Soles, a cocaine trafficking organization run from within the Venezuelan military. U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) issued a fugitive alert in 2019 for Maduro’s oil minister, Tareck El Aissami, on charges of having “facilitated shipments of narcotics from Venezuela, to include control over planes that left from a Venezuelan air base and drug routes through the ports in Venezuela.”

Two of Maduro’s nephews, Franqui Francisco Flores de Freitas and Efrain Antonio Campo Flores, were sentenced to 18 years in prison in 2017 for attempting to smuggle cocaine into New York.

“The fault is here,” the Guatemalan president said of the United States in relation to the transnational drug problem, “and I will explain why. 50 percent of the drugs consumed in the world are consumed here.”

“When we see every day the planes come down in Venezuela – which, it is known that in Venezuela is where the planes come down, which, there are negotiations with Maduro now, I hope they negotiate so that planes don’t leave with drugs from there,” Giammattei continued, “but 95 percent of the planes land in Venezuela and they come empty. They don’t bring money, they come empty and they fly with drugs. Where is the money? Here.”

“Why, if we know where the planes leave from, why has the United States done nothing to stop planes from leaving from Venezuela?” Giammattei asked. “Ah! They are negotiating oil.”

Reports first surfaced in March that Biden representatives had traveled to Caracas to discuss buying Venezuelan oil as a means of offsetting high gasoline prices in America and replacing supplies of Russian oil. Much of the Western world stopped buying Russian oil following Moscow’s escalation of its eight-year invasion of Ukraine in February. Venezuela is heavily indebted to Russia, however, meaning any oil profits the Maduro regime would see would likely fund the Russian government.

Following the reports in March, Biden administration officials told establishment reports in May that the White House would allow negotiations between the American oil company Chevron and the Maduro regime, “temporarily lifting a U.S. ban on such discussions,” according to Reuters.

“It does not allow (Chevron) entry into any agreement with PDVSA or any other activity involving PDVSA,” anonymous Biden officials reportedly claimed at the time. “So fundamentally what they’re doing is just allowed to talk.”

Nicolás Maduro himself revealed on Monday that Biden had sent a second delegation to meet with his officials this weekend.

“I am in communication with Jorge Rodríguez. He is currently receiving a delegation from the U.S.,” Maduro said, referring to the head of the socialist-controlled National Assembly. “An important delegation from the government of the U.S. that has arrived in Venezuela two hours ago. And he is working to continue communications initiated on March 5 and to continue the bilateral agenda.”

Giammattei has been one of Latin America’s staunchest opponents of the Venezuelan regime. As one of his first acts in office in 2020, Giammattei cut Guatemala’s diplomatic ties to Maduro, months after Maduro blocked him from visiting Venezuela to meet its legitimate but powerless president, Juan Guaidó.

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Exclusive — Guatemalan President Giammattei: U.S. Divided on Abortion While Guatemala Strives to Be Pro-Life

Exclusive — Guatemalan President Giammattei: U.S. Divided on Abortion While Guatemala Strives to Be Pro-Life

Guatemalan President Alejandro Giammattei is forging ahead with an unwavering pro-life posture in his country while the issue of abortion is at centerstage in the United States.

Giammattei, who faces ongoing opposition from an international human rights panel for his vehement pro-life stance, spoke to Breitbart News about his views on the matter in a sit-down interview in Washington, DC, on Tuesday.

“The constitution of the Republic of Guatemala determines that life is protected from conception,” Giammattei said. “Independently, the Christian principles that I have are associated with the same.”

Abortion is illegal in Guatemala with the exception of when pregnancy threatens a mother’s life. Giammattei, who took office in January 2020, said, “I swore an oath over the law, and I have to make sure the law is respected.”

Ashley Oliver Alejandro Giammattei

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Giammattei’s comments come in the wake of the U.S. Supreme Court overturning Roe v. Wade, a historic win for the pro-life movement that returned abortion regulation to individual U.S. states. The conservative president observed that in the United States, polling indicates America is deeply divided on abortion, as some polls show a majority of Americans favor having access to abortion.

Giammattei said, “Here in the United States, they have a problem. It’s a problem [native to] here. … Those are things that — what happens here — I don’t meddle. But what happens over there, I do.”

“We have spearheaded a movement in the region for our country to avoid that abortion become a way of life,” the president continued.

Prior to meeting with Breitbart News on Tuesday, Giammattei appeared at the Organization of American States (OAS) to formally protest OAS’s Interamerican Commission of Human Rights (IACHR).

IACHR, an international human rights tribunal, declared in its 2021 annual report it was “extremely concerned” about Guatemala’s “regressive measures” on abortion.

The report cited that Giammattei had joined the Geneva Consensus Declaration, an initiative of the Trump administration to gather countries together to agree that abortion is not an international right. More than 30 states, including Guatemala, had joined the declaration as of last year. President Joe Biden, who is pro-abortion, announced soon after taking office that the United States would withdraw from the declaration.

IACHR “declared that I was on the level of Nicaragua, Venezuela, and Cuba as a human right violator because I oppose abortion, the most ridiculous thing in the world,” Giammattei said, referencing three countries run by notoriously criminal regimes.

Alejandro Giammattei

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The president pointed to Article 4 of the IACHR’s Interamerican Convention, which includes a “right to life” for the unborn.

“It says that life in the OAS countries is protected from conception — just like our constitution! We cannot change things. If someone wants abortion to be different, for it to be accepted in Guatemala, they have to change the constitution,” Giammattei said.

Giammattei continued his pro-life advocacy on Wednesday by appearing at the International Religious Freedom Summit in D.C., where he reiterated to the audience a comment he has made in the past, that Guatemala is the “pro-life capital” of Latin America.

Write to Ashley Oliver at aoliver@breitbart.com. Follow her on Twitter at @asholiver.

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Exclusive — Rep. Elise Stefanik: GOP Ready to Provide Counter Programming to ‘Illegitimate’ January 6 Hearing

Exclusive — Rep. Elise Stefanik: GOP Ready to Provide Counter Programming to ‘Illegitimate’ January 6 Hearing

Republicans are ready to provide counterprogramming to the “illegitimate” January 6 Committee hearing, House Republican Conference Chairwoman Elise Stefanik (R-NY) told Breitbart News Saturday.

The committee announced it will be holding its first primetime hearing on Thursday, June 9 at 8 p.m. Eastern. The upcoming hearing gained even more attention after the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) arrested former White House economic adviser Peter Navarro for refusing to testify before the committee.

Stefanik said the committee is about nothing more than punishing political opponents and targeting “patriotic Trump supporters.” Further, she noted that it does not even address the actual issue — to make sure the U.S. Capitol has adequate security. Meanwhile, she said Americans are dealing with rampant inflation, high gas prices, a border crisis, and baby formula crisis. It is going to be both a “circus” and “political witch hunt,” Stefanik predicted.

“[Democrats] are doubling down looking for any desperate attempt to try to change the narrative. But look, the American people are smart. They see through this, they want a Congress that’s focused on the issues that matter to them,” she said.

Further, the House Republican conference chairwoman said the GOP is ready to counter House Speaker Nancy Pelosi’s (D-CA) partisan witch hunt.

Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi of California speaks during her weekly news conference, Wednesday, March 9, 2022, on Capitol Hill in Washington.

Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi of California speaks during her weekly news conference, Wednesday, March 9, 2022, on Capitol Hill in Washington. (Jacquelyn Martin/AP)

“We’re working very closely with President Trump and his team with Leader Kevin McCarthy, with Jim Jordan, and really all of the House Republicans will be pushing back in a rapid response fashion,” Stefanik said, previewing what is to come.

“You will see us all over the airwaves, we will be setting the record straight. We will be telling the truth to the American people sharing the facts and also really pointing out how unprecedented and unconstitutional and illegitimate this committee is,” she continued.

Stefanik added that GOP members already have “lots of media bookings already set,” and she predicted that members are “going to shine in this moment.”

“But similar to impeachment sham one and really impeachment sham two, just out there every single day. Number one, talking about issues that matter to the American people,” she said. “But number two, prosecuting the case against how much Speaker Pelosi, Democrats, and Liz Cheney have failed this country, and they’ve failed to focus on the issue. If they want to talk about securing the Capitol, which they refused to, they have failed to do that job,” Stefanik said, adding that they have instead continued to “shred constitutional precedents.”

“They have shred Congress as an institution, and they are invading on the privacy and really the speech and debate rights of all these elected members of Congress,” she said. “And they’re targeting everyday citizens, young staffers who worked on the Trump campaign.”

“It’s outrageous. These legal bills for these staffers are bankrupting these young families. So we’ll be out there leading every single day,” she guaranteed.

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“The left is vicious,” she said when asked how this will end for Democrats.

“The left is, has been vile. They have targeted me so much in a vicious, vicious way, and I’m going to stand up for my constituents and the American people and continue to speak the truth and work with all of the House Republicans, with Kevin McCarthy with Jim Jordan to make sure that the facts are out there for the American people to know and expose what Nancy Pelosi does not want the American people to know,” she said, noting that Pelosi’s office “is the only one off limits and that she bears responsibility for the security posture.”

“And if they want to provide excuses, which is what they always do to push back in the media, then turn over the documents. Where are the documents? Where the communications, Nancy?” Stefanik asked. “Until she does that, we know that she bears responsibility.”

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Exclusive — Supercharged Brian Kemp Races into Governor’s Rematch: Stacey Abrams Will Be ‘Great Unifier’ for Georgia Republicans

Exclusive — Supercharged Brian Kemp Races into Governor’s Rematch: Stacey Abrams Will Be ‘Great Unifier’ for Georgia Republicans

Gov. Brian Kemp (R) believes Democrat Stacey Abrams’ candidacy for governor will work to unite Georgia Republicans following a heated GOP primary that Kemp ended up winning in a rout.

Kemp told Breitbart News in a phone interview after his victory, “I think Stacey Abrams is going to be the great unifier,” in response to a question about how he would win over Republicans who voted for his primary opponent, Trump-backed former Sen. David Perdue.

Kemp defeated Perdue by about 50 points after facing significant criticism from both Perdue and former President Donald Trump that Kemp could not win a second general election race against Abrams, whom the governor narrowly defeated in 2018 with Trump’s backing.

Georgia Gov. Brian Kemp speaks during a Get Out the Vote Rally, on Monday, May 23, 2022, in Kennesaw, Ga. Pence is opposing former President Donald Trump and his preferred Republican candidate for Georgia governor, former U.S. Sen. David Perdue. (AP Photo/Brynn Anderson)

Georgia Gov. Brian Kemp speaks during a rally on Monday, May 23, 2022, in Kennesaw, Georgia. (AP Photo/Brynn Anderson)

“A vote for RINO Brian Kemp in this primary is a vote for Governor Stacey Abrams,” Trump said in March about Kemp, whom the former president has repeatedly attacked over Georgia’s 2020 election process.

When asked about Trump endorsing his primary opponent, Kemp brushed it off, saying, “I’ve never said anything bad about Donald Trump. I don’t plan on doing that.” The governor added, “I appreciate — and I’ve said this before — I appreciate all President Trump did to help our state, and he did a lot.”

In addition to what Kemp views as Georgia Republicans’ shared disdain for Abrams’ policies, Kemp cited former Georgia Gov. Nathan Deal (R) as another reason for Kemp to be confident about his prospects in his rematch with Abrams.

“If you look at Nathan Deal … when he got his second nomination, he had less percentage of the vote than I did against two very unknown candidates. I actually did better than he did against a guy that was a former United States senator and is a multimillionaire that had, you know, 100 percent name ID because of a runoff that he lost to Jon Ossoff,” Kemp said, adding, “So, I think the party is going to come together to beat Stacey Abrams and to send a message to Joe Biden and to send some relief to Washington, DC.”

Georgia’s gubernatorial and Senate contests are expected to be two of the most competitive and expensive races in the country this midterm season. The battleground state has attracted national attention as Trump has continued to be vocal about his ire toward Kemp, and in the Senate race, Georgians have somewhat of a celebrity on the ballot in Herschel Walker, who is up against vulnerable Sen. Raphael Warnock (D-GA).

Back in 2018, Kemp beat Abrams by a razor-thin margin of just over one percent of the vote, and Abrams famously refused to concede at the time, saying, “I will not concede because the erosion of our democracy is not right.”

LAS VEGAS, NEVADA - OCTOBER 24: Former Georgia gubernatorial candidate Stacey Abrams waits to speak at a Democratic canvass kickoff as she campaigns for Joe Biden and Kamala Harris at Bruce Trent Park on October 24, 2020 in Las Vegas, Nevada. In-person early voting for the general election in the battleground state began on October 17 and continues through October 30. (Photo by Ethan Miller/Getty Images)

Stacey Abrams waits to speak at a Democratic canvass kickoff as she campaigns for Joe Biden and Kamala Harris on October 24, 2020, in Las Vegas, Nevada. (Ethan Miller/Getty Images)

Abrams is now returning to the campaign scene in a much stronger position than when she was in her previous race, boasting better funding and a raised profile. Kemp says, however, that the political landscape in the Peach State has also changed and contends that his record of accomplishments as governor coupled with the ever-sagging approval of Democrats in Washington will work in his favor.

“The whole cycle is completely different than ’18,” Kemp said. “It’s not an open seat anymore. I am the current governor. I’ve got a great record to run on. That’s what I did in the primary, and I’m gonna run on that same record in the general, and we’re gonna beat her again.”

Kemp added, “This environment nationally and in Georgia for Democrats right now, they’re the party of Joe Biden, 40-year-high inflation, disaster at the border, more rules and regulations, more taxes, you know, just a broken Washington that hasn’t gotten hardly anything done, and Georgians are frustrated with that … and that’s exactly where Stacey Abrams would take us.”

A recent poll taken by SurveyUSA provided an early glimpse of the Kemp-Abrams contest, showing Kemp five points ahead of Abrams, 50 percent to 45 percent.

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Exclusive — Trump-Endorsed Adam Laxalt: Biden Took U.S. ‘In Dramatically Wrong Direction’ Within Weeks

Exclusive — Trump-Endorsed Adam Laxalt: Biden Took U.S. ‘In Dramatically Wrong Direction’ Within Weeks

Trump-endorsed Nevada U.S. Senate candidate Adam Laxalt (R) is hoping to snag Sen. Catherine Cortez Masto’s (D-NV) seat in November, turn the Silver State red, and have one less Democrat to “rubber stamp” President Joe Biden’s radical agenda.

Laxalt, who is the state’s former attorney general, accused his potential Democrat competitor of leaving Nevadans floundering as crime and inflation skyrocket, and as Biden’s non-existent immigration policy allows fentanyl and human trafficking to abound. Speaking to Breitbart News Saturday, Laxalt said Biden was able to take the country “dramatically in the wrong direction” in “a few short weeks” with little pushback from his own party.

FILE - In this Tuesday, Feb. 2, 2021, file photo, Secretary of Homeland Security Alejandro Mayorkas looks on as President Joe Biden signs an executive order on immigration, in the Oval Office of the White House in Washington. Faith-based organizations involved in refugee resettlement are celebrating President Joe Biden’s new executive order that intends to lift the number of refugees admitted to the U.S. to 125,000 — a massive increase compared to reduced numbers under former President Trump. (AP Photo/Evan Vucci, File)

In this Tuesday, Feb. 2, 2021, file photo, Secretary of Homeland Security Alejandro Mayorkas looks on as President Joe Biden signs an executive order on immigration, in the Oval Office of the White House in Washington. (Evan Vucci, File/AP)

“We were a safe state. We were a booming state, and here we are just a few short years later. I think the voters are going have a huge contrast, and all the money in the world is not going to save Cortez Masto from her failed record and the failed record of President Biden,” he said.

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Laxalt has a significant lead within his own party just a few weeks out from the June 14 primary. Should he secure the nomination against his closest GOP competitor Sam Brown, Laxalt would take on Cortez Masto in November. Nevada Democrats are particularly vulnerable this election, with both Cortez Masto and Gov. Steve Sisolak (D) up for reelection. Democrats nationally have been trying to distance themselves from President Biden, as his tanking agenda makes him and those around him increasingly unpopular. Cortez Masto herself has been hesitant to call herself a “Biden Democrat,” though she said the president is “always welcome in my state.”

In this Jan. 11, 2019, file photo, Sen. Catherine Cortez Masto, D-Nev., talks to reporters in her office in Reno, Nevada. (Scott Sonner, File/AP)

“I’m a Nevadan first and foremost,” said Cortez Masto, who also previously worked as the swing state’s attorney general.

Early polling already shows Laxalt leading Cortez Masto in a hypothetical matchup. A poll released in early May showed Laxalt at 47 percent to Cortez Masto’s 46 percent, a 1 percent lead within the survey’s 4 percent margin of error.

“You need someone that’s going be strong and is actually going to be willing to stand up,” Laxalt said. “Cortez Masto has been a rubber stamp for these open border policies that have allowed massive illegal immigration, have allowed huge spikes in human trafficking, fentanyl, and other drug trafficking in our state. So when it comes to those issues, the contrast is massive. And law enforcement actually switched from endorsing her in 2016.”

Indeed, law enforcement groups have endorsed Laxalt over the incumbent, an action Laxalt says is largely due to his record as attorney general and Democrats’ handling of the Black Lives Matter riots and illegal immigration. Democrats’ prioritization of radical leftist policies is projected to be particularly unpopular with Hispanic voters, a demographic key to securing a victory in the state. April analysis from Politico cited Ruy Teixeira, co-author of “The Emerging Democratic Majority” saying, “Nevada went from three-tenths of percentage more Democratic than the nation as a whole in 2016 to 2 points more Republican in 2020.” Nevada Democrats’ margin among Hispanics dropped by 8 points between those two elections, and the decline “was driven almost entirely by working-class Hispanics.”

“People felt unsafe, and it would’ve been a good opportunity to have our senior senator step up as a former top law enforcement officer, former attorney general, and say, ‘We’re not going to tolerate violence, and we’re certainly not going to tolerate police officers being shot in the streets.’ And she didn’t do that,” Laxalt said. “I think the Hispanic community … are just like, ‘What in the world is going on?’ And [they] got a chance to see if the Democrat Party doesn’t represent them. The Democrat Party breaks everybody up into special interest groups, and it was very, very obvious that they were not a priority at that time.”

Laxalt told Breitbart News Saturday host and Washington, D.C., Bureau Chief Matthew Boyle, that if Nevadans vote for him, they will be getting a “former top cop.” He specifically spoke about his record as attorney general of establishing programs to combat drug abuse, promote school choice, and face crime head- on — experiences he said he intends to take with him to the U.S. Senate. He also intends to vote in ways that would tackle inflation and make daily costs affordable for everyday Americans, one of the GOP’s strongest campaign points, with food inflation at a 41-year high.

“We need someone at the national stage that understands these issues and are going to make them a priority. That’s something that voters can count on for me, that’s our biggest contrast,” he said.

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Exclusive — Sen. Rand Paul: Congress Has to Borrow from China to Send $40 Billion in Aid to Ukraine

Sen. Rand Paul (R-KY) told Breitbart News Daily that America has to borrow the money to send $40 billion in aid to Ukraine.

Breitbart News Daily host Alex Marlow spoke with Paul as the Senate remains poised to pass legislation that would send $40 billion in military and economic aid to Ukraine while Americans grapple with inflation and food shortages. Paul has “single handedly” worked to hold up the Ukraine package, contending that the package needs an inspector general to ensure that the billions of dollars are spent wisely.

Paul said that America would have to continue borrowing from China to appropriate the proposed Ukraine aid package.

“I think it’s important to know that we don’t have any money to send, we have to borrow money from China to send it to Ukraine. And I think most people kind of get that, and many Republicans will say that when it’s a new social program, but if it’s military aid to a country, they’re like we can borrow that, that’s a justified borrowing,” Paul explained to Marlow.

Paul served as one of the 11 Senate Republicans to vote against advancing the Ukraine aid package, which included Sens. Hawley, Mike Crapo (R-ID), Bill Hagerty (R-TN), Mike Braun (R-IN), Marsha Blackburn (R-TN), John Boozman (R-AR), Roger Marshall (R-KS), Cynthia Lummis (R-WY), and Tommy Tuberville (R-AL).

The Ukraine aid procedural vote strikes a contrast between establishment Republican views on foreign policy, which favor more activist intervention abroad, and populist senators such as Paul, who believe that America should not engage in endless wars and conflict abroad.

Paul said that Republicans’ contribution to America’s deficit undermines their argument that President Joe Biden is solely responsible for the rampant inflation under his administration.

The Kentucky senator said, “The problem is that it all leads to inflation, so it kind of hurts the Republican argument that Biden’s spending and Biden’s debt leads to inflation, except for when it’s bipartisan spending and that doesn’t really count.”

Republicans added over $100 billion in new debt with Democrats in providing direct subsidies to semiconductor companies and also by increasing the National Science Foundation, one of the most wasteful organizations in Washington.

Paul lamented in his interview with Breitbart News Daily that many Republicans are now lining up to grant $48 billion in coronavirus relief to restaurants, even though most coronavirus lockdowns have been over for at least a year.

The Kentucky senator noted that many Republicans and Democrats liked the idea of having an inspector general have oversight on the tens of billions of Ukraine aid; however, Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-NY) pushed senators away from Paul’s proposal because the inspector general would be “ruthless” with the spending.

Paul said that it is a good idea to have a “zealous guardian” of the taxpayers’ money.

Marlow asked why so many Republicans, even though they sound like Paul in terms of rhetoric, often vote to borrow from China to send money to Ukraine.

Paul said the “bipartisan consensus” is to have Republicans vote for increased military spending, and Democrats boost social welfare spending.

“This is the bipartisan consensus right now on Ukraine. Republican and Democrat leadership are exactly the same. So they get together. But in order to get together to get this, it’s guns and butter, you look at the $40 billion, it’s a lot of guns, but in order to get the gun they had to give out a lot of butter and so there’s a lot of spending going to European countries for food throughout the world,” Paul said.

He added, “What we’ve done is given away the farm to make us weaker.”

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Exclusive: Kathy Barnette Refuses to Support GOP Nominee for Senate if It Is Not Her

Exclusive: Kathy Barnette Refuses to Support GOP Nominee for Senate if It Is Not Her

GOP U.S. Senate candidate Kathy Barnette in an interview on Monday morning refused to support the GOP nominee for U.S. Senate in Pennsylvania if she does not win the nomination on Tuesday.

Asked during an appearance on Breitbart News Daily on SiriusXM 125 the Patriot Channel on Monday by Breitbart News editor-in-chief Alex Marlow if she will support whoever wins the nomination, she said she will not.

“If you do not win tomorrow, do you intend to support the Republican nominee whoever it is?” Marlow asked.

In reply, she said she will not support the Republican nominee against the likely Democrat nominee Lt. Gov. John Fetterman. It is worth noting Fetterman is an avowed socialist, so Barnette refusing to support either Dr. Mehmet Oz or businessman David McCormick if one of them wins instead of her essentially means she would be helping a socialist Democrat win in the general election.

“I have no intentions of supporting globalists,” Barnette said. “I believe we have ran out of room on this runway for this spaceship. I believe we have very little rope left to just roll the dice and we’ll see how it all works out on the other end. I believe our country is in trouble. I don’t believe we have much longer and I believe what I have done is I have made it possible where Pennsylvanians do not have to hold their nose and vote for the lesser of two evils this time. I don’t think we have room to just vote for any old warm body with an R next to their name. I think we can do better than that.”

That also means she could be, depending on what happens elsewhere in America, helping Sen. Chuck Schumer (D-NY) remain the U.S. Senate Majority Leader. Schumer’s slim majority would fall if the GOP takes back a net one seat from Democrats in the midterm elections. This vacant seat for which Barnette, McCormick, and Oz, among others, are running is currently represented by outgoing GOP Sen. Pat Toomey (R-PA). Losing this seat for Republicans would mean that the GOP needs to take two Democrat-held seats elsewhere–no small task, given the Democrat advantages in the 2022 U.S. Senate map–and hold every other battleground seat to retake the majority.

LISTEN TO KATHY BARNETTE ON BREITBART NEWS DAILY:

McCormick, in his own interview on Breitbart News Daily later in the show, said he would support whoever wins the GOP nomination even if it is not him.

“I think this race could not be more important,” McCormick said. “I think the country is at stake. So, yes, I would support the nominee. I think the risk of Chuck Schumer staying as the Majority Leader, the risk of this extreme agenda is continuing to take our country in the wrong direction. I believe I’m the best candidate and I will win the general election and I will be a hugely effective senator on day one fighting for our conservative principles but this isn’t about me, this isn’t about any particular candidate.

“This is about doing what’s right for the country, so yes I would support whoever is nominated. I hope and expect that will be me, but as I said this is about our country.”

LISTEN TO DAVID MCCORMICK ON BREITBART NEWS DAILY:

Oz, meanwhile, has not appeared on such shows and has not answered this question anywhere.

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