DeSantis Attacked Many Republicans Over New Stance

Matt Johnson from Omaha, Nebraska, United States, CC BY 2.0 , via Wikimedia Commons

( – Over this week, Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis (R) made the headlines after claiming that the Russia-Ukraine war was not of “vital national interests.” In his response to the Fox News questionnaire, DeSantis had claimed that the issues of vital interest for the U.S. included border security, energy independence, keeping China in check, and military preparedness. However, he claimed that the war in Ukraine, which he called a “territorial dispute” was not an issue of vital interest.

These remarks have led to a number of Republicans criticizing DeSantis for his comments. These include:

Sen. Marco Rubio (R-Fla.)

Rubio spoke up against DeSantis’ comments and specifically his assessment that it was a “territorial dispute. Specifically he said that “it’s not a territorial dispute in the sense that any more than it would be a territorial dispute if the United States decided that it wanted to invade Canada or take over the Bahamas.” He added that claiming an area or something does not necessarily mean that that thing now belonged to them.

Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-S.C.)

Graham has been a big advocate within the GOP for the U.S. to send extensive aid to Ukraine and has even urged the Biden administration on multiple occasions to send more military air. Following DeSantis’ comments, Graham took to Twitter to point out that if Russia wins the war, then there would be no way of  guaranteeing that there would not be a continuation of the conflict.

Former Rep. Liz Cheney (R-Wyo.)

Cheney, also called out DeSantis for his comments, stating that a loss for Ukraine would make “America less safe.”

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