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Conservative Senator Moves to Block Biden from Training Ukrainians in Okla.

'We shouldn’t be allowing the unaccountable spending, corruption, and potential money laundering to now flow through Oklahoma with the presence of foreign troops on our land...'

(Ken Silva, Headline USAThe Biden Administration announced plans earlier this week to train Ukrainian soldiers in Oklahoma, but a conservative state senator has moved to block that from happening.

Oklahoma Republican State Senator Nathan Dahm filed a resolution Wednesday that would direct the Pentagon to reverse course on their recent announcement to send 100 Ukrainian troops into Oklahoma for training on U.S. Patriot missile systems.

“This resolution rejects this attempt by the feds to put foreign troops in Oklahoma,” Dahm said. “It even encourages the governor, county officials and law enforcement to use their powers to prohibit these foreign troops from being on Oklahoma soil.”

Dahm warned that training foreign troops could endanger residents in his state, describing the plan as putting America last.

“These ‘America last’ policies of the current regime should not be tolerated in Oklahoma,” Dahm said. “We saw how recently the Ukrainian military fired a rocket into Poland killing two innocent civilians. We certainly don’t need them practicing here in Oklahoma where our citizens could be under the constant threat of a similar failure.”

Dahm was referring to an incident last November, when Ukrainian air defenses fired a missile into Poland, killing two Polish citizens. Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy initially blamed Russia for the attack, but U.S., NATO, and Polish officials determined that the missile was fired from Ukraine.

Dahm said his resolution would remain in effect until superseded by a new resolution to ensure the feds don’t make another attempt in the future to send even more foreign troops.

“We must put the people of Oklahoma first,” the state senator added. “We shouldn’t be allowing the unaccountable spending, corruption, and potential money laundering to now flow through Oklahoma with the presence of foreign troops on our land.”

Politico first reported in December that the U.S. military was considering training Ukrainian forces on the Patriots on American soil—a plan that some military experts warned will escalate Washington’s proxy war against Russia. Patriot training normally can take several months, but the Pentagon has indicated that the Ukrainians will receive an expedited version of the training.

Russia has reportedly warned the U.S. against providing the Patriots to Kyiv, saying the systems would become a target for Russia’s armed forces.

Ken Silva is a staff writer at Headline USA. Follow him at twitter.com/jd_cashless.

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