The Vice President of the United States, Kamala Harris, reportedly joined pro-war lawmakers from both parties in condemning comments made earlier this week by the Governor of Florida, Ron DeSantis, in which he stated that providing support to Ukraine in its conflict with Russia is not an essential matter of national security interest for the United States.
DeSantis’s position is widely popular in the Republican party, currently enjoying majority support.
During an interview on Monday night with Tucker Carlson of Fox News, Ron DeSantis responded to a question by downplaying the significance of maintaining aid to the Ukraine.
He referred to Russia’s invasion of Ukraine as a “territorial dispute” and argued that it is not among the “vital national interests” of the United States. DeSantis’ comments were made in response to Carlson’s question.
A number of high profile establishment Republicans currently continue to support, seemingly unending, military support to Ukraine in spite of the fact it is opposed by the majority of the rank and file members.
Although DeSantis has not yet declared his intention to run for president in 2024, he has spent the past few weeks making high-profile stops around the country, including in the state of Iowa, to promote his new book.
In response to the statements, the vice president Kamala Harris attributed them to what she claimed was DeSantis’ inexperience on the global stage, in spite of the fact that as Vice-President Harris does not handle foreign policy in any meaningful way herself.
In addition to Harris, both former President Trump and former UN ambassador Nikki Haley also attempted to criticize DeSantis for his popular foreign policy stance.
Trump accused DeSantis of ‘Flip-flopping’ while Haley, herself a noted and longstanding warhawk, tried to claim DeSantis was copying Trump.
In recent weeks both Haley and Trump have made a point of attacking DeSantis at every opportunity, as they appear to view the Florida Governor as the biggest threat to their respective attempts to win the GOP nomination for President in 2024.