Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis (R) has made national headlines following his response to a questionnaire from Tucker Carlson of Fox News. In the questionnaire, DeSantis claimed that the war in Ukraine was not an issue of “vital national interests.” He further proceeded to call the war a “territorial dispute” between the two countries.
On Monday evening, Carlson revealed the responses he had received for his questionnaire. DeSantis, who is widely suspected to be preparing for a presidential run, stated in his response that the U.S. should not be prioritizing a foreign war over its own defense of the southern border.
As the governor of Florida DeSantis does not usually need to engage in foreign policy, however, his stance in doing so has brought him closer to former President Donald Trump who has also claimed that the U.S. ‘s support for Ukraine could potentially lead to more risks about a further escalation into a world war.
Earlier this month while addressing the Conservative Political Action Conference, Trump stated that he could bring a solution to the Ukraine war “in no longer than one day.” During a radio interview with Sean Hannity, he further claimed that he would be alright with letting Russia “take over something” in order to bring peace and have a deal.
Currently, it appears that the GOP’s two biggest possible presidential nominees are both skeptical about whether or not the U.S. should continue sending aid to Ukraine. This is a departure from the so far position held by the GOP, who up until now have supported sending extensive aid to Ukraine in order to support the country’s defense efforts.