U.S. Rep. Barry Moore (R-Enterprise) accused President Joe Biden in a tweet on Friday of using taxpayer dollars to help Ukraine while doing nothing about the ongoing crisis on the U.S.-Mexico border.

Moore’s tweet was in response to a tweet from Biden, which called recent threats by conservative lawmakers to cut off support for Ukraine until their colleagues meet their demands about the Southern border “political blackmail.”

Republicans in the Senate blocked a procedural vote earlier this week to answer Biden’s call to approve aid to Ukraine. Since war broke out between Ukraine and Russia in 2022, the United States has given over $75 billion in assistance, including humanitarian aid to military support. 

Republican senators have offered support for the measure in exchange for cooperation to address issues at the border. On Wednesday, according to ABC News, Biden indicated he was prepared to make “significant compromises” on his border policy if he could send more money to Ukraine.

Nevertheless, White House press secretary Karine Jean-Pierre said on Thursday that Republicans are “willing to give [Russian President Vladimir] Putin a gift”. He accused them of “playing chicken with our national security.”

“Republicans in Congress are threatening to cut off support for Ukraine unless they can force through their extreme partisan border policies,” Biden tweeted on Thursday evening. “It’s political blackmail, pure and simple. The stakes are too high, and the consequences are too significant for political brinksmanship.”

Quoting Biden’s tweet, Moore fired back at the Democratic president.

“You have spent billions in taxpayer dollars to protect Ukraine's border, but Americans are in danger because you refuse to secure our border,” Moore said. “The President of the United States is supposed to put America first.”

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