During an interview on Fox News Channel’s “Fox & Friends,” Florida Governor Ron DeSantis expressed his opinion that the Biden administration is providing financial aid to Ukraine without any clear objectives.
This marks the first time that DeSantis has publicly commented on the ongoing conflict in Ukraine. The Biden administration has allocated nearly $200 billion in aid to support Ukraine in its war with Russia. While DeSantis was sharing his thoughts on this matter, President Joe Biden made an unannounced visit to Kyiv to show U.S. support for Ukraine as it approaches one year since the start of its war with Russia.
DeSantis said, “They have, effectively, a blank-check policy with no clear strategic objective identified.”
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DeSantis expressed concerns about reports from Secretary of State Antony Blinken that China may be considering sending weapons to Russia, which has already received non-lethal military aid from China. This development is worrisome as tensions between the U.S. and China are already at a boiling point after China sent a spy balloon over the U.S. earlier this month.
DeSantis warned that such actions could escalate into a proxy war with China, which would not be in the best interest of the United States. “So I think it would behoove them to identify what is the strategic objective that they’re trying to achieve,” said DeSantis. “But just saying it’s an open-ended, blank check, that is not acceptable.” He further emphasized that it’s crucial for China to clarify its strategic objectives before getting involved in conflicts such as those in borderlands or Crimea.
DeSantis’ comments come amid growing concerns over China’s actions and intentions on the global stage, particularly its increasingly assertive behavior towards Taiwan and its human rights abuses in Xinjiang. The situation between the U.S. and China remains tense, with both sides engaging in tough rhetoric and imposing economic sanctions on each other.