Florida Governor Ron DeSantis Refuses to Go Into Detail about His Tough Policies on Ukraine/Russia
Florida Governor Ron DeSantis recently refused to give any details about his tough policies with regards to the Ukraine/Russia conflict when pressed by reporters.
When speaking to the Times of London, DeSantis became angry after he was asked by a reporter for specifics about how he would differentiate himself from the “weak” Ukraine policy of the Biden administration.
“Perhaps you should cover some other ground. I think I’ve said enough,” DeSantis said, becoming hostile after receiving a simple question.
— Aidan McLaughlin (@aidnmclaughlin) March 2, 2023
Although DeSantis likes to portray himself as an America First Republican leader, he had a staunchly neoconservative voting record on foreign policy when he was a U.S. Congressman.
Big League Politics reported on how DeSantis signed a neocon letter in favor of souring Ukrainian relations with Russia, policies that would eventually lead to the terrible and bloody war between the nations that shows no signs of stopping:
“On December 4, 2013, several Republican elected officials sent a letter to then-Secretary of State John Kerry expressing their “deep concern” over the situation that took place in Ukraine at the time…
This was when many pro-Western Ukrainians took to the streets to protest then-Ukrainian President Viktor Yanukovich’s reversal of a policy that would have had Ukraine enter a trade deal with the European Union. This agreement would have liberalized trade between the EU and Ukraine, relaxed several visa restrictions, and opened the door for Ukraine to join the EU in the near future.
Due to Yanukovich’s reversal, Ukrainians went out on the streets of Kiev and various other cities nationwide to protest this move and push the government to reverse course…
What concerned the elected officials who signed this letter was the timing of Yanukovich’s decision. It came after he held talks with Russian President Vladimir Putin, who allegedly threatened to sanction the Ukrainian government with severe economic sanctions if it signed the EU agreement.
On top of that, the Republican lawmakers were concerned about how Yanukovich refused to release former Prime Minister Yulia Tymoshenko, who was imprisoned for allegedly engaging in “abuse of power” and embezzlement.
They stressed that “We cannot allow President Putin to undermine these efforts through the threats of economic retaliation or implied force.” The congressman added that “remaining silent on this issue sends the wrong message to our allies and erodes our strength as an economic and strategic partner.”
In this letter, members of Congress such as Tom Cotton, George Holding, Scott Perry, Adam Kinzinger, Tom Marino, and Randy Weber penned their signatures and called for the US government to firmly stand behind Ukraine.
However, the most notable of the signatories was then-Florida Congressman Ron DeSantis. In the present, DeSantis is seen as the most influential figure in the GOP who can continue the populist legacy of former President Donald Trump.
DeSantis’ foreign policy has been the subject of much speculation. He has questionable track record of being hawkish towards Iran and has strong connections to Zionist lobbies, which makes him very much a part of the foreign policy mainstream in Republican circles.”
DeSantis takes his cues from the neocon foreign policy establishment, which is bad news for anyone who wants an America First foreign policy.