Nikki Haley Doubles Down On Ukraine

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( – On Monday, Republican presidential candidate Nikki Haley claimed that the U.S. should not ignore the war in Ukraine in favor of focusing on China as Kyiv continues to fight off Russian aggression. She further pointed out that a potential Moscow victory in the war could end up being beneficial for Beijing.

Haley, the former U.S. ambassador to the United Nations under the Trump administration, wrote in a Wall Street Journal op-ed that the Biden administration has only provided Ukraine enough support to defend against the Russian advances “not to repel it.” She added that the “most surprising” thing though was the opposition and “weakness from some on the right.”

As she noted there are those who believe that the U.S. should not be focusing on Ukraine and stating that “this war isn’t our fight.” She proceeded to say that some also call it a simple “territorial dispute” and that the attention should be shifted from Ukraine to China. However, as she stated, if Ukraine wins that is a loss for China.

These comments from Haley come after Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis, who is widely suspected to be considering placing a presidential bid in 2024, has stated that Russia’s yearlong war on Ukraine is simply a “territorial dispute” and that the war was not an issue of “vital national interests,” for the country. The remark led to many criticizing DeSantis.

Haley however, has argued that Chinese President Xi Jinping would want the U.S. to not focus on Ukraine as it would provide both “Russia and China an edge in the long run.”

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