Top Republican Sen. Jim Risch says deterrence is critical to dealing with adversaries China, Russia, Venezuela and other ‘No Good Nicks’ on the world stage.
Risch, who serves as the ranking member of the Senate Foreign Affairs Committee, spoke with DailyMail.com exclusively at the Aspen Security Forum in Washington, D.C.
He said that the United States’ first line of defense is ‘always deterrence’ as it faces multiple threats worldwide because it doesn’t want to ‘kinetically engage.’
It is critically important that U.S. allies – including Great Britain and NATO nations – ‘know that we are serious about national security’ and would defend itself and our strategic partners,’ continued Risch, R-Idaho.
‘The rest of the world, I think, knows that our our strength and our deterrence is based on a lot of the alliances that we have with other countries around the world.’
Risch, who serves as the ranking members of the Senate Foreign Affairs Committee, spoke with DailyMail.com exclusively at the Aspen Security Forum in Washington, D.C.
When asked about recent aggression being showed by Venezuela toward oil-rich neighboring country Guyana, Risch told DailyMail.com that the U.S. is ‘trying not to get involved.’
‘Venezuela isn’t isn’t our only concern,’ he continued. There’s a group of aggressors the senator refers to as the ‘No Good Nicks’ of the world that are of concern.
‘They got a club – it’s North Korea, it’s Iran, it’s Russia, it’s China, it’s Venezuela, it’s Cuba. And some other nominees for that club, but they’re always causing trouble and you have to deal with them as they come up,’ Risch explained.
‘We have a long history of it over the centuries we’ve been been around and we do well.’
On Wednesday, Republican senators blocked President Biden’s request for $110 billion in aid to Ukraine, Israel and Taiwan as the GOP demands stricter southern border security measures be included.
The 49-51 vote failed to reach the 60 votes needed to advance. The package included $61 billion to Ukraine in addition to assistance to Israel in its ongoing war with Hamas terrorists, humanitarian aid to Gaza and funds to support U.S. partners in the Indo-Pacific.
Risch told DailyMail.com that there are ongoing ‘political discussions’ on how to move a security package forward.
He said that although ‘each side’ has different priorities, border issues are ‘top of the list’ for Republicans.
The senator said aid to Israel, Ukraine and Taiwan is important to move forward and ‘we want to get it done,’ but ‘we need to first and foremost be concerned on our southern border.’
‘The reason the whole package hasn’t passed is we have not come to an agreement on that part of the package,’ he explained.
‘It is of the highest priority for us, our border, our national security, our constituents.’
He continued: ‘nobody ever said the democratic process was easy or smooth or pretty. But we’ll get through this.’
Aspen Security Forum in D.C. panel featuring General Anthony Cotton, Commander of U.S. Strategic Command and Senator Jim Risch, U.S. Senator for Idaho
Risch said that although ‘each side’ has different priorities, border issues are ‘top of the list’ for Republicans
The senator also says he’s confident that the annual National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) will get passed by Christmas.
Lawmakers had been stuck in negotiations over stripping out ‘woke’ policies by the Biden Department of Defense.
The bill text was officially released this morning. Congress has passed the NDAA for 62 years in a row.