Republican presidential candidate Ron DeSantis stated he opposes NATO membership for Ukraine, saying he doesn’t suppose it’s within the safety curiosity of the U.S.
“I don’t think NATO membership is in our interest, to me,” DeSantis stated on The Glenn Beck Program podcast. “All that would do was add more obligations to us, so if you’re adding more obligations, then what are benefits that we’re getting in return?”
DeSantis additionally reiterated within the episode that he doesn’t imagine the U.S. ought to give a “blank check” to Ukraine until it’s utilizing leverage to convey the battle to a conclusion.
The episode was launched two days after President Joe Biden met with Ukraine’s President Volodymyr Zelenskyy, who made an enchantment for U.S. lawmakers to proceed supporting the nation’s army because it fights Russia’s invasion. The administration introduced a army help package deal, whereas additionally agreeing to supply a small variety of ATACMS missiles, a long-sought after weapon by Ukrainians, regardless of preliminary reluctance from Biden.
Still, future rounds of help will should be authorized by Congress after present appropriations run out on the finish of the month. A small, influential bloc of U.S. House Republicans have criticized the thought of continued help, saying that the nation ought to deal with implementing the U.S. border.
Though the White House has vowed to struggle for extra conflict help, Biden stated he doesn’t suppose now’s the suitable time for Ukraine to affix NATO. “I don’t think there is unanimity in NATO about whether or not to bring Ukraine into the NATO family now, at this moment, in the middle of a war,” Biden stated in a July CNN interview.
The Florida governor acquired criticism earlier this 12 months from high Republican lawmakers after referring to Russia’s invasion of Ukraine as a “territorial dispute.”