Republican presidential candidate and Florida governor Ron DeSantis has expressed his belief that Ukraine joining NATO would not benefit the United States and would only become another burden for Washington. In an episode of The Glenn Beck Program podcast, DeSantis stated that NATO membership for Ukraine would add more obligations for the US without clear benefits in return.
DeSantis reasoned that if the US were to take on more obligations, it is essential to evaluate the benefits that would be gained. He emphasized that he does not see any clear benefits to the US from Ukraine joining NATO. According to DeSantis, the move would only add more responsibilities and burdens for the US, without offering tangible advantages.
This viewpoint comes as Ukraine has applied to join NATO after four of its regions voted overwhelmingly to join Russia through referendums. While NATO members have acknowledged that Ukraine will eventually become a member, no specific timeline has been provided.
DeSantis also expressed his strong opposition to sending American troops to Ukraine. He believes that Washington’s primary goal should be to end the conflict, rather than engaging in military interventions. DeSantis criticized the current policy of providing financial and military aid to Kiev, referring to it as a “blank-check” approach.
The governor’s position aligns with a growing sentiment within the GOP, with some Republicans raising concerns about the accountability of such aid. A group of over two dozen senators and Congress members from the party recently submitted a letter to the White House demanding answers. They expressed their desire to understand the progress of the counteroffensive, Ukraine’s proximity to victory, the administration’s strategy, and the president’s exit plan. Until these questions are addressed, they have vowed to oppose additional spending on Ukraine.
The pushback from Republican lawmakers comes as Congress deliberates on whether to approve President Biden’s request for an additional $24 billion in assistance to Ukraine. The US has already provided significant financial aid to Ukraine, leading to questions about the effectiveness of the aid and the need for further expenditure.
DeSantis’ stance reflects a growing skepticism within the Republican Party regarding US involvement in foreign conflicts and the potential repercussions of adding more obligations to the country. As the debate over Ukraine’s NATO membership continues, it remains to be seen how Washington will navigate its relationship with Kiev and the implications it may have for US interests.