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McConnell calls China, Russia, Iran new ‘axis of evil’ that US must deal with: ‘This is an emergency’

Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., on Sunday deemed China, Russia and Iran the new “axis of evil” amid wars in Ukraine and Israel, while addressing U.S. funding of allies’ responses to those duel conflicts.

In a new sit-down interview with “Fox News Sunday” host Shannon Bream, McConnell, the highest-ranking Senate Republican, agreed with fellow Republican Kentuckian Sen. Rand Paul that the $1.5 trillion deficit is “entirely too big.” But while Paul remarked last month that the U.S. under the Biden administration was borrowing heavily from China just to send aid to Ukraine, McConnell instead emphasized Sunday that the deficit also expanded during the prior administration under former President Donald Trump. 

“You have to respond to conditions that actually exist that are a threat to the United States. The Iranians are a threat to us as well. And so, this is an emergency. It’s an emergency that we step up and deal with this axis of evil – China, Russia, Iran – because it’s an immediate threat to the United States,” McConnell said. 

“In many ways the world is more endangered today than it has been in my lifetime,” McConnell said, recalling that unlike when the Berlin Wall fell, the world faces a “big power competition” coinciding with the terrorism threats in the Middle East and culminating in Israel’s war against Hamas terrorists.

“One of the best things about this from a U.S. point of view, is when we give older equipment to the Ukrainians for example, we are rebuilding our industrial base in this country. There are jobs being created by the help we’re providing Ukraine in 38 states. And rebuilding our industrial complex for the more serious big power threat in Asia. So the notion that our assistance for Ukraine is not helpful to us is something not factual.” 

Danielle Wallace is a reporter for Fox News Digital covering politics, crime, police and more. Story tips can be sent to danielle.wallace@fox.com and on Twitter: @danimwallace. 

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