Florida Governor Ron DeSantis slammed the Biden administration’s “blank-check policy” toward Ukraine after the president’s surprise visit to Kyiv.
Biden visited the war-torn country on Monday, his first trip since Russia’s large-scale invasion last February. DeSantis called out the president for not having any clearly defined goals or a funeral plan when supporting Ukraine.
“They have effectively a blank-check policy without identifying any clear, strategic objective, and I think it’s not in our interests to get into a proxy war with China, to get into a proxy war with China. Or over Crimea,” he said.
“So I think it’s worth it for them to identify the strategic objective they’re trying to achieve, but to say it’s an open-ended blank check, that’s unacceptable,” DeSantis added.
WATCH: Gov. Ron DeSantis says U.S. has no “interest” in engaging in “proxy war” to Ukraine from Biden administration
“What is the purpose of the strategy? […] It says open ended blank cheque [to Ukraine] Unacceptable.” pic.twitter.com/aXq7g4Epnz
— Voice of Florida (@FLVoiceNews) February 20, 2023
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DeSantis slams Biden for caring about Ukraine border, not US border
DeSantis’ claims about a proxy war were heightened when US Ambassador to the United Nations Linda Thomas-Greenfield announced on CNN that China would cross a “red line” if it provided lethal military aid to Russia.
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That’s exactly what the Biden administration is offering Ukraine.
US ambassador to United Nations says China will cross “red line” if country decides to provide lethal military aid to Russia for invasion of Ukraine https://t.co/R47CzEZmJi
— CNN (@CNN) February 19, 2023
“If there are any thoughts and efforts by the Chinese and others to provide lethal support to the Russians in their brutal attacks against Ukraine, we must make it clear that this is unacceptable,” declared Thomas-Greenfield. “That would be a red line.”
DeSantis said the geopolitical problem represented by China is not Russia.
“The fear of Russia going into NATO countries and all that and steamrolling … that doesn’t even come close to happening,” DeSantis said. “I think they’ve shown themselves to be a third-rate military power. I think they’ve suffered tremendous, tremendous losses.
“Although they are hostile I don’t think they are the same threat to our country,” he said. “I don’t think they are at the level of China.”
DESANTIS: “They were pouring in millions … and we suffered the national shame of China flying an apparent spy balloon over the United States. So we have a lot of problems in our own country that they’re ignoring,” https://t.co/cOScYKIqCS
— Daily Caller (@DailyCaller) February 20, 2023
DeSantis slammed Biden for focusing on Ukraine rather than the many issues his administration is overseeing stateside.
“So I think when he’s there, I think I and a lot of Americans are thinking, well, he’s very concerned about the borders of half the world. He’s done nothing to secure our own borders at home,” explained the presumptive GOP candidate for president.
“We had millions and millions pouring in, tens of thousands of Americans dead from fentanyl, and then, we suffered the national shame of China flying a spy balloon over the continental United States.” DeSantis added.
“So we have a lot of problems in our own country that they are ignoring.”
DeSantis’ remarks come as Biden announced roughly $500 million in aid for Ukraine’s war effort.
Biden is in Ukraine on a surprise visit.
He also pledged another $460 million in aid to Ukraine.
Today is President’s Day in America. pic.twitter.com/0py7zpznTL
— unusual_whales (@unusual_whales) February 20, 2023
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Biden supports Ukraine over southern states, Ohio
Think about that for a minute.
On President’s Day in America, amid the ongoing humanitarian crisis on the southern border and the massive toxic chemical disaster affecting East Palestine, Ohio, Joe Biden decided to visit Ukraine to show support.
It is flat gross.
– DJ (@05dj05) February 20, 2023
DeSantis’ comments align somewhat with former President Donald Trump — who has repeatedly called for peace talks between Ukraine and Russia — and contrast with Senator Mitch McConnell, who believes the war in Ukraine is the most important issue in the world today.
“I try to help explain to the American people that defeating the Russians in Ukraine is the single most important event going on in the world right now,” he told Fox News host Dana Perino last week.
Biden is likely to nod in agreement.
— Edward (@edwardrussl) February 21, 2023
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