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Josh Hawley’s speech rejecting Sweden’s NATO bid goes viral

A video of Senator Josh Hawley explaining why he voted against Sweden and Finland joining NATO has gone viral on social media.

The Senate voted 95 to 1 on Wednesday to ratify the Scandinavian countries’ application for membership. Hawley, a Republican from Missouri, was the only “no” vote.

Hawley gave a speech in the chamber, explaining his opposition to NATO expansion. An excerpt of his comments, posted on Twitter, has been viewed more than 775,000 times in less than 24 hours.

In the past, Finland and Sweden have often remained neutral in the face of tension between Russia and NATO. However, since Moscow’s invasion of Ukraine, the two countries have rapidly moved closer to the military alliance.

Sen. Josh Hawley (R-MO) on Capitol Hill on Aug. 3. His vote was the only “no” as the Senate voted 95-1 on Finland and Sweden joining NATO.
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“The Senate will vote today on whether to expand NATO by admitting Finland and Sweden,” Hawley said. “I intend to vote no and encourage my colleagues to do the same and want to say a word or two as to why.

“Finland and Sweden want to expand NATO because it’s in their national security interests to do so – and that’s fair enough.

“The question that should be asked of us, however, is: Is it in the interest of the United States to do this? Because that is what American foreign policy is supposed to be for, I thought. .

“This is about American security, about protecting American workers, about defending American jobs, about securing American prosperity.

“I’m afraid some in this town have lost sight of that. They think American foreign policy is about creating a liberal world order or building a nation overseas. With all due respect, they’re wrong. .”

On Wednesday night, Hawley appeared on Tucker Carlson’s Fox News show to expand on his reasoning.

He argued that America should be more concerned about China than Russia. NATO enlargement would also send more money to Europe, he said.

“NATO enlargement won’t make America stronger or make America safer,” Hawley told Carlson.

“What he will do is commit us to sending more troops, spending more money and putting more resources into Europe.”

He added: “Frankly, I think it’s the wrong choice. Just look at the challenges we face at home with our border and abroad and abroad. We talk about our enemies abroad. “Foreign. Our No. 1 threat isn’t in Europe. It’s in Asia, it’s China.”

“Right now, we’re not where we need to be to protect ourselves from the rise of China, to protect ourselves from China’s attempt to take over our economy, to push us militarily. We don’t we’re not in a position at all.”

Hawley’s vote was criticized by Democratic and Republican lawmakers. Newsweek has contacted Hawley for further comment.