"That is a tiny percentage of the Senate Republican conference"

Baier then noted the opposition to the package by Sens. Josh Hawley (R-MO) and Paul. Paul had stated the $40 billion in aid should be a loan.

“How do you react to it?” Baier asked McConnell.

“Yeah, what Schumer said is political nonsense,” he answered. “My colleague Senator Paul has always been – basically – an isolationist. He’s proud of it and believes that’s where America ought to be. That is a tiny percentage of the Senate Republican conference. We only had 11 votes against the package. I predict we will have even fewer votes opposed to the admission of Finland and Sweden into NATO.”

McConnell stated that there has “always been a strand of isolationism in our party, but it’s not anywhere near the dominant view which was expressed in the vote we had today.”

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