DeSantis Says Ukraine Not a ‘Vital’ U.S. Interest, Blasts Biden ‘Blank Check’

On Monday, Gov. Ron DeSantis issued a scathing criticism of the U.S. “regime change” policy, arguing that the Biden administration’s “blank check” approach to the Ukraine War risks drawing the United States into an armed conflict. The Florida Governor stood apart from establishment GOP characters Nikki Haley and Mike Pence in criticizing the U.S. funding of Ukraine, which he said is driven by “D.C. foreign policy interventionists.”

“While the U.S. has many vital national interests – 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.”

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DeSantis’ comments aired on Monday’s episode of Tucker Carlson Tonight. Carlson had sent a questionnaire to every potential 2024 candidate, asking their position on the war in Ukraine. The Fox News host noted that it was the first time DeSantis had explained his views on U.S. involvement in the war in-depth. His full comments were posted to Twitter.

The Florida Governor criticized the Biden administration’s “virtual ‘blank check’ funding of this conflict for ‘as long as it takes,'” saying that the administration had offered no “defined objectives or accountability” and was distracting from urgent issues at home.

“The U.S. should not provide assistance that could require the deployment of American troops or enable Ukraine to engage in offensive operations beyond its borders,” DeSantis said, arguing that F-16s and long-range missiles should be “off the table.” He warned that the U.S.’s ongoing supply of weapons to Ukraine risks drawing the country into a war with nuclear-armed Russia.

DeSantis also argued that the Biden administration’s involvement in the war had driven Russia closer to an alliance with China.

Because China has not and will not abide by the embargo, Russia has increased its foreign revenues while China benefits from cheaper fuel… Biden has further empowered Russia’s energy-dominated economy and Putin’s war machine at Americans’ expense.

The lack of oversight surrounding more than $100 billion in American contributions was also listed as an issue for the governor, “especially as tens of thousands of Americans are dying every year from narcotics smuggled across our open border and our weapons arsenals critical for our own security are rapidly being depleted.”

Carlson also published comments from former Vice President Mike Pence, who advocated for an even stronger interventionist approach than the one taken by the Biden administration. “[E]very response has been too slow from providing intelligence to Ukraine, to hammering Russia with sanctions, to providing military equipment and fighter jets to Ukraine,” he wrote.

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2024 Candidate Nikki Haley reportedly did not respond to Carlson’s questionnaire but has been vocal about increasing U.S. funding to Ukraine in the past.

Former president Donald Trump, however, disagreed with his previous cabinet picks, calling for diplomacy and an immediate end to the “death and destruction.” We should support regime change in the United States,” the former president wrote. “That’s far more important. The Biden administration are the ones who got us into this mess.”

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