Florida Governor Ron DeSantis has taken a strong stance on the ongoing crisis in Ukraine, sharpening the divide between isolationist and hawkish Republicans. In recent days, DeSantis has made a series of comments calling for stronger U.S. support for Ukraine, and criticizing what he sees as a lack of action from the Biden administration.
DeSantis’s comments have been welcomed by many Republican hawks, who have been pushing for a more aggressive stance towards Russia and its actions in Ukraine. However, they have also sparked criticism from some isolationist Republicans, who argue that the U.S. should not get involved in foreign conflicts.
The divide between these two factions of the Republican Party is nothing new, but DeSantis’s comments have brought it to the forefront once again. The governor, who is considered a potential presidential candidate in 2024, has been positioning himself as a hawkish conservative on foreign policy, and his recent comments on Ukraine are in line with that image.
In particular, DeSantis has been critical of the Biden administration’s decision to abandon plans to send weapons to Ukraine, arguing that this sends a message of weakness to Russia. He has also called for stronger economic sanctions against Russia, and for the U.S. to take a more active role in supporting Ukraine militarily.
As the crisis in Ukraine continues to unfold, it remains to be seen how the Republican Party will navigate this divide. With DeSantis and other hawks calling for more aggressive action, and isolationists pushing for a more restrained approach, the future of U.S. foreign policy towards Ukraine is uncertain.