Presumptive presidential candidate Ron DeSantis doesn’t think US support for Ukraine is of national importance. With that, DeSantis appears to be taking sides in an unresolved debate within the party.
“America has many national interests. Further involvement in the territorial dispute between Russia and Ukraine is not one of them. Ron DeSantis, the favorite for the Republican presidential nomination, poured clear wine for the right-wing news channel. Fox News: War is not his priority.
According to DeSantis, President Joe Biden’s administration is giving Kiev “blank checks.” He has promised to support Ukraine ‘as long as needed’ as a safe-haven measure to avoid wasting US tax dollars on European soil. The Governor recommends an isolationist course for the country. Notably, former president and candidate Donald Trump is trying to sway voters in the race for the White House with the same claim.
Isolated against the Hawks
Attitudes towards Russia and the war in Ukraine promise to be primary themes for the Republican Party. This appears to be the bone of contention between the populists and the traditional wing of the party. The latter group consists mainly of ‘hawks’ and advocates a leading role for America on the world stage.
Lindsey Graham, a senior Republican senator, was disappointed by DeSantis’ comments. “He didn’t understand,” says Graham. This is not a territorial dispute. It is a war and pure aggression. Through his statements, DeSantis says war crimes don’t matter.
Surrendering to Putin means “you refuse to defend freedom,” party member Liz Cheney says. He believes this makes America insecure. Marco Rubio, a Republican senator from the same state as DeSantis, finds the governor’s statement incomprehensible. Of course, the choice to frame the war as a ‘territorial dispute’ falls to traditional members. Grand Old Party Heavy.
Balancing isolationists and hawks isn’t always easy for Republicans in key positions. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell called the war “the most important event of the moment.” He wants more support for Ukraine. His colleague in the House of Representatives, Kevin McCarthy, had to give the Trumpians more water for his position. He wants to support Ukraine, but does not want to give money to the country unconditionally. ‘No blank cheque’ is a slogan that encapsulates that point of view.
America gives more support to Kiev – complete statistics. They provide military and humanitarian support. Also, US training and intelligence is helping the Ukrainians in their fight against the Russians.
DeSantis’ statements have already caused unrest in Kiev. “Mr. DeSantis is a veteran,” said a Ukrainian Foreign Ministry spokesman. “He really knows the difference between a regional dispute and a war.” The spokesman invited the U.S. governor to Ukraine “to see what a large-scale invasion looks like and how it harms U.S. interests.” He can understand better.”
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