Video: Sen. Rand Paul Opposes U.S. Aid to Pakistan until Dr. Shakil Afridi is Released

| by Michael Allen

Kentucky Republican Sen. Rand Paul appeared on Fox News on Thursday where he discussed his opposition to sending foreign aid to Pakistan and Egypt (video below).

Sen. Paul is leading the effort to strip Pakistan of American aid until they release the Dr. Shakil Afridi, who helped the U.S. find and kill Osama bin Laden last year.

Dr. Shakil has been sentenced to jail for 33 years and was also reportedly tortured by Pakistan authorities.

Sen. Paul said: “I think we need to negotiate from a position of strength. I don’t think the administration is standing up to Pakistan, giving them a billion dollars and saying please let him go instead of saying ‘you don’t get a penny until you let him go.’ That’s the way I’d deal with them.”

Sen. Paul also said that foreign aid to nations like Egypt is diverted from the people it is meant to help: “The people have no running water and electricity and yet some of these dictators have some of the most lavish mansions in the world."