Former Fox News host Tucker Carlson dropped a shocking story Thursday afternoon that, if true, illustrates the military industrial complex’s control over Congress.

Carlson alleges that U.S. Secretary of Defense Lloyd Austin told House members he’d send Americans to fight Russia if Ukraine doesn’t receive additional American taxpayer dollars.

“The Biden administration is openly threatening Americans over Ukraine. In a classified briefing in the House yesterday, defense secretary Lloyd Austin informed members that if they don’t appropriate more money for Zelensky, ‘we’ll send your uncles, cousins and sons to fight Russia,'” Carlson wrote.

“Pay the oligarchs or we’ll kill your kids,” he added.

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“He really said this?” Elon Musk asked.

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“He really did. Confirmed,” Carlson replied.

“When persuasion doesn’t work, they use threats next,” presidential candidate Vivek Ramaswamy added.

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Joe Biden fearmongered this week about American troops fighting Russian troops if they abandon Ukraine.

“We’ve committed as a NATO member that we defend every inch of NATO territory,” Biden said.

“We’ll have something that we don’t seek and that we don’t have today, American troops fighting Russian troops. American troops fighting Russian troops if he (Putin) moves into other parts of NATO,” he continued.

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NPR reports:

President Biden said on Wednesday that Congress needed to approve funding for Ukraine before it leaves Washington for the holidays or it would strengthen the position of Russian President Vladimir Putin.

“History’s going to judge harshly those who turn their back on freedom’s cause. We can’t let Putin win,” Biden said in remarks ahead of a procedural vote on the funding in the Senate on Wednesday – a vote that appears likely to fail.

The White House warned this week that it would run out of money for weapons and aid by the end of the month to support Ukraine’s fight against Russia’s invasion.

“This cannot wait,” Biden said. “Frankly, I think it’s stunning that we got to this point in the first place.”

Biden asked Congress for close to $106 billion in October for Israel, Ukraine, countering China in the Indo-Pacific and bolstering operations on the southern U.S. border. But many House Republicans are leery of spending more money on Ukraine, and the proposal has floundered.

Senate Republicans blocked legislation to provide additional funding for Ukraine and Israel.

“An emergency spending bill to provide billions of dollars in new security assistance for Ukraine and Israel was blocked in the U.S. Senate on Wednesday as Republicans pressed their demands for tougher measures to control immigration at the U.S. border with Mexico,” Reuters reports.

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The vote was 49 in favor to 51 against, leaving the $110.5 billion measure short of the 60 votes needed in the 100-member Senate to pave the way to start debate, threatening President Joe Biden’s push to provide new aid before the end of 2023.

The vote was along party lines, with every Senate Republican voting no along with Senator Bernie Sanders, an independent who generally votes with Democrats but had expressed concerns about funding Israel’s “current inhumane military strategy” against Palestinians.

The bill would provide about $50 billion in new security assistance for Ukraine, as well as money for humanitarian and economic aid for the government in Kyiv, plus $14 billion for Israel as it battles Hamas in Gaza.

Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer, a Democrat, also voted “no” so that he could introduce the measure again in the future. After the vote, Schumer noted the risks if Ukraine falls, saying it was a “serious moment that will have lasting consequences for the 21st century,” risking the decline of Western democracy.

Republicans said it was essential to make their case for tighter immigration policies and control of the southern border.

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