The recent Republican president debate highlighted a divide in the Republican Party between those who don’t want us to continue offering assistance to Ukraine (Vivek Ramaswamy) and those who do (pretty much the rest of the candidates).
Ramaswamy’s stance on the issue is an echo of the opinions of many Republican voters who are sick of sending money, weapons and ammunition over to Ukraine for the never-ending proxy war against Russia.
Every day there is a new headline about millions and millions more that Biden is sending to Ukraine – and we all know that he is doing so because Ukraine “has” something on the president i.e. they are involved in the Biden Family Crime Syndicate’s pay-to-play schemes.
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In the debate, Ramaswamy said, “I find it offensive that we have professional politicians (Pence, Christie) who will make a pilgrimage to Kyiv, to their pope, Zelenskyy, without doing the same for the people in Maui or the south side of Chicago.”
Ramaswamy said he would not support increased funding to Ukraine and added, “I think that this is disastrous, that we are protecting against an invasion across somebody else’s border, when we should use those same military resources to prevent the invasion of our own southern border here in the United States of America.” He continued to say that U.S. support for Ukraine is “driving Russia further into China’s hands.”
Former South Carolina Governor/Ambassador Nikki Haley accused Ramaswamy of “choosing a murderer” (Putin) over an ally and said, “You have no foreign policy experience and it shows.”
Recent polling by CNN shows that a large portion of the Republican electorate want to cut off or eliminate U.S. funding of Ukraine with a whopping 71% saying that Congress should not authorize new funding and 59% saying they think the U.S. has already done enough to support Kyiv. Overall, among Republicans AND Democrats, 55% say that Congress shouldn’t authorize any additional funding for Ukraine.
That could be because every week we wake up to a new report like the one on August 29th from Secretary of State Antony Blinken who says there is a “new package of additional U.S. Military Assistance for Ukraine.” This new assistance includes $250 million worth of missiles, ammunition and equipment.
Overall, the Biden administration has committed more than $60 billion in aid to Ukraine since the beginning of Russia’s invasion in February of 2022. That includes more than $43 billion in military aid.
The scary part is the last paragraph where Blinken says, “Russia started this war and could end it at any time by withdrawing its forces from Ukraine and stopping its brutal attacks. Until it does, the United States and our allies and partners will stand united with Ukraine, for as long as it takes.”
Our compromised president also pledged the same commitment to Ukraine in December of 2022, saying that we would “stand with” Ukraine for the long haul.
White House national security adviser Jake Sullivan is also on the same page and told reporters recently, “We believe that the support will be there and will be sustained even if there are some dissident voices on the other side of the aisle…We believe that at the core there is still a strong bipartisan foundation of support for our Ukraine policy and for supporting and defending Ukraine.”
The American people clearly don’t want the Ukrainian funding to continue – so if Haley and the other Republican presidential candidates want to be a rubber stamp for the continued spending and have no plan to end it (or to actually “win” the war) than I don’t see them having much of a chance to beat Trump in the primary.
Trump has promised that he’d end the invasion on day one of his presidency – and according to the Associated Press, he’s also called on Congress to withhold additional Ukraine funding until the FBI, IRS and Justice Department “hand over every scrap of evidence” on the Biden family’s business dealings.
But while Americans are souring on the assistance to Ukraine, the Uniparty in Washington is still gung ho on the idea, including most of the Republicans. Daniel Fried, a former U.S. ambassador to Poland and distinguished fellow at the Atlantic Council, says, “The majority of elected Republicans in the committee chairs and the people with power in Congress are still solid…When they attack the administration, it’s usually for not doing enough.”