DeSantis Recommends Abandoning Ukraine

by Wall Street Rebel - Michael London | 03/14/2023 8:51 AM
DeSantis Recommends Abandoning Ukraine

On Monday, front-running Republican presidential contender and Florida governor Ron DeSantis disagreed with many of his party members by telling Fox News anchor Tucker Carlson that he does not consider U.S. support for Ukraine's security to be a "critical" national interest.

 

On Monday, Republican Florida Governor Ron DeSantis criticized President Biden for backing Ukraine, arguing that aiding the European country in its fight against Russia's invading troops is not in the United States' vital national interest.

According to reports, DeSantis has informed close associates privately that he intends to run for president in 2024. His declaration was released in response to a questionnaire sent by Fox News anchor Tucker Carlson to all prominent potential Republican presidential contenders last week.

Tucker Carlson, host of "Tucker Carlson Tonight," asked the potential GOP candidate for president whether opposing Russia in Ukraine is a vital strategic interest for America, what the US objective in Ukraine is, and how the US will know when the objective has been met, whether there should be a limit on weapons and money sent to Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky, whether US sanctions against Russia have been effective, and whether the US faces the risk of nuclear war with Russia.

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In his statement, DeSantis, who is 44 years old, differentiated himself from other Republicans who believe that the issue with the Ukrainian policy of the president, who is 80 years old, is that he hasn't done enough.

"While the United States has many vital national interests, such as securing our borders, addressing the crisis of readiness within our military, achieving energy security and independence, and checking the economic, cultural, and military power of the Chinese Communist Party, becoming further entangled in a territorial dispute between Ukraine and Russia is not one of them," DeSantis said in a statement. "Securing our borders, addressing the crisis of readiness within our military, achieving energy security and independence, and achieving energy security and independence is

"The Biden administration's virtual 'blank check' financing of this battle for 'as long as it takes,' without any stated goals or accountability, distracts from our nation's most important concerns," he claimed. "This conflict has been going on for as long as it takes."

The governor of the Sunshine State stated that "peace should be the objective" in Ukraine and that the United States should not provide Zelensky with weapons that might necessitate the deployment of American troops or allow the Ukrainian military to engage in operations inside of Russian territory. He also stated that the United States should not provide Zelensky with weapons that might enable the Ukrainian military to engage in operations inside of Russian territory.

DeSantis said, "F-16s and long-range missiles should consequently be taken off the table."

"By taking these actions, you run the possibility of openly involving the United States in the dispute, and you bring us one step closer to a full-scale war between the two biggest nuclear powers in the world. This danger cannot be tolerated; he went on to say.

According to DeSantis, a "regime change" policy in Russia would increase the likelihood of using nuclear weapons and could produce a leader "even more ruthless" than Russian President Vladimir Putin. DeSantis indicated that he is against such a policy by saying it would increase the likelihood of nuclear weapons being used.

DeSantis also claimed that Biden's actions were responsible for "Russia entering into a de facto partnership with China" and for "empowering Russia's energy-dominated economy and Putin's military machine at the cost of the American people."

"The people of the United States have a right to know how the tens of billions of dollars that come from their tax money are being spent in Ukraine. In conclusion to his questionnaire response, DeSantis stated, "We cannot prioritize intervention in an escalating foreign war over the defense of our own homeland, especially as tens of thousands of Americans are dying every year from narcotics smuggled across our open border and our weapons arsenals that are critical for our own security are rapidly being depleted."

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As a member of Congress, DeSantis cast his vote in favor of multiple pieces of defense legislation that included provisions for financial and military assistance from the United States to Ukraine.

In addition, in 2016, DeSantis cast a vote in favor of a resolution that requested then-President Barack Obama "provide Ukraine with lethal defensive weapon systems to enhance the ability of the people of Ukraine to defend their sovereign territory from the unprovoked and continuing aggression of the Russian Federation."

In a speech, he gave in Texas last month commending the United States' commitment in Ukraine, and in an interview that followed up on the speech, former Vice President Mike Pence took some thinly disguised digs at DeSantis.

When questioned about DeSantis' stance on U.S. efforts to assist in resisting Russia in Europe, Pence said, "I would say anybody who believes that Vladimir Putin will stop at Ukraine is mistaken." Pence was responding to a question regarding DeSantis' view on the matter.

According to Politico, during a donor conference in Texas in February, former New Jersey Governor Chris Christie ridiculed Ron DeSantis's argument that President Joe Biden has focused more on the border of Ukraine than the border of the United States with Mexico. DeSantis's argument claimed that Biden has paid more attention to the border of Ukraine than the border of the United States with Mexico. Christie said that this was one of the "false alternatives" being pushed by certain Republicans, and he questioned how "they teach foreign policy in Tallahassee."

 

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