GOP Presidential Hopefuls Respond to Questions About Russia-Ukraine War

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Several of the highly-buzzed Republican presidential hopefuls have responded to Tucker Carlson’s questions pressing their stance on the ongoing war between Russia and Ukraine.
Last week, the Fox News host challenged the already-declared candidates as well as several prominent Republicans who have sparked chatter of potentially entering the 2024 race to answer a questionnaire that asked the following: Is opposing Russia in Ukraine a vital American national strategic interest? What specifically is our objective in Ukraine, and how will we know when we’ve achieved it? What is the limit of funding and materiel you would be willing to send to the government of Ukraine? Should the United States support regime change in Russia? Given that Russia’s economy and currency are stronger than before the war, do you believe that U.S. sanctions have been effective? Do you believe the United States faces the risk of nuclear war with Russia?
Two of the three declared presidential candidates, former President Trump and entrepreneur Vivek Ramaswamy, responded to Carlson’s inquiry as well as former Vice President Mike Pence, Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis, South Dakota Gov. Kristi Noem, Texas Gov. Greg Abbott, South Carolina Sen. Tim Scott and former New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie.

Former U.N. Ambassador Nikki Haley was the only declared presidential candidate who did not respond to Carlson’s inquiry. Former Secretary of State Mike Pompeo, Virginia Gov. Glenn Younkin, New Hampshire Gov. Chris Sununu and former Arkansas Gov. Asa Hutchinson, all who have signaled a potential White House bid, also did not respond to the questionnaire. Former National Security Advisor John Bolton declined to comment.

Gateway Pundit:

DeSantis:

“While the U.S. has many vital national interests – securing our borders, addressing the crisis of readiness within our military, achieving energy security and independence, and checking the economic, cultural, and military power of the Chinese Communist Party – becoming further entangled in a territorial dispute between Ukraine and Russia is not one of them. The Biden administration’s virtual “blank check” funding of this conflict for “as long as it takes,” without any defined objectives or accountability, distracts from our country’s most pressing challenges.

Without question, peace should be the objective. The U.S. should not provide assistance that could require the deployment of American troops or enable Ukraine to engage in offensive operations beyond its borders. F-16s and long-range missiles should therefore be off the table. These moves would risk explicitly drawing the United States into the conflict and drawing us closer to a hot war between the world’s two largest nuclear powers. That risk is unacceptable.

A policy of “regime change” in Russia (no doubt popular among the DC foreign policy interventionists) would greatly increase the stakes of the conflict, making the use of nuclear weapons more likely. Such a policy would neither stop the death and destruction of the war, nor produce a pro-American, Madisonian constitutionalist in the Kremlin. History indicates that Putin’s successor, in this hypothetical, would likely be even more ruthless. The costs to achieve such a dubious outcome could become astronomical.

The Biden administration’s policies have driven Russia into a de facto alliance with China. Because China has not and will not abide by the embargo, Russia has increased its foreign revenues while China benefits from cheaper fuel. Coupled with his intentional depletion of the Strategic Petroleum Reserve and support for the Left’s Green New Deal, Biden has further empowered Russia’s energy-dominated economy and Putin’s war machine at Americans’ expense.

Our citizens are also entitled to know how the billions of U.S. taxpayer dollars are being utilized in Ukraine.

We cannot prioritize intervention in an escalating foreign war over the defense of our own homeland, especially as tens of thousands of Americans are dying every year from narcotics smuggled across our open border and our weapons arsenals critical for our own security are rapidly being depleted.”

Trump:

“Like inflation and numerous other self inflicted wounds and mistakes made over the past two years, Russia would definitely not have raided and attacked Ukraine if I was your President. In fact, for four years they didn’t attack, nor did they have any intention of doing so as long as I was in charge. But the sad fact is that, due to a new lack of respect for the U.S., caused at least partially by our incompetently handled pullout from Afghanistan, and a very poor choice of words by Biden in explaining U.S. requests and intentions (Biden’s first statement was that Russia could have some of Ukraine, no problem!), the bloody and expensive assault began, and continues to this day. That is all history, but how does it end, and it must end, NOW! Start by telling Europe that they must pay at least equal to what the U.S. is paying to help Ukraine. They must also pay us, retroactively, the difference. At a staggering 125 Billion Dollars, we are paying 4 to 5 times more, and this fight is far more important for Europe than it is for the U.S. Next, tell Ukraine that there will be little more money coming from us, UNLESS RUSSIA CONTINUES TO PROSECUTE THE WAR. The President must meet with each side, then both sides together, and quickly work out a deal. This can be easily done if conducted by the right President. Both sides are weary and ready to make a deal. The meetings should start immediately, there is no time to spare. The death and destruction MUST END NOW! Properly executed, this terrible and tragic War, a War that never should have started in the first place, will come to a speedy end. GOD BLESS AMERICA!!!”

Is opposing Russia in Ukraine a vital American national strategic interest?

“No, but it is for Europe. But not for the United States. That is why Europe should be paying far more than we are, or equal.”

What specifically is our objective in Ukraine, and how will we know when we’ve achieved it?

“Our objective in Ukraine is to help and secure Europe, but Europe isn’t helping itself. They are relying on the United States to largely do it for them. That is very unfair to us. Especially since Europe takes advantage of us on trade and other things.”

What is the limit of funding and materiel you would be willing to send to the government of Ukraine?

“That would strongly depend on my meeting with President Putin and Russia. Russia would have never attacked Ukraine if I were President, not even a small chance. Would have never happened if I were President, but it has. I would have to see what the direction in which Russia is headed. I want them to stop, and they will, depending on the one that delivers that message. But with everything said, Europe must pay. The United States has spent much more than Europe, and that is not fair, just, or equitable. If I were President, that horrible war would end in 24 hours, or less. It can be done, and it must be done– now!”

Should the United States support regime change in Russia?

“No. We should support regime change in the United States, that’s far more important. The Biden administration are the ones who got us into this mess.”

Given that Russia’s economy and currency are stronger than before the war, do you believe that U.S. sanctions have been effective?

“No, they have not been effective. Just the opposite. They drove Russia, China and Iran into an unthinkable situation.”

Do you believe the United States faces the risk of nuclear war with Russia?

“It depends on who the President of the United States is. At the moment, with Biden as president, absolutely yes. He says and does all the wrong things at the wrong time.”

Donald Trump is 100% correct about the Euros. They always take a back seat and defer the responsibility to America.

DeSantis really pissed off the establishment RINOs with his answer. That means he’s spot on.

 

 

This is not the first time Russia invaded Ukraine.  Putin plowed through Ukraine during Obama’s regime as well.

The Dems and RINOs care more about the borders of the corrupt country that paid the Biden family billions for shady deals, than our own borders. We’re being invaded, and Biden’s letting them in.

So far, Biden has gifted $100 billion to Zelensky and there’s zero accountability.

He’s using the war in Ukraine to deflect from the disaster he’s created in this country. Gas is up to 7 bucks in some areas, mothers can’t get baby formula, our country is being bombarded by thousands of illegal alien foreign nationals, grocery and gas prices are sky high, the military is being eviscerated with ‘woke’ bullshit, and the economy is in turmoil. That $100 billion they forked over to Zelensky could have been used to secure our border and feed American people.
Everyone has their panties in a wad over Russia’s incursion into Ukraine. Zelensky is just as rotten as Putin. Compare the two countries and there isn’t much difference.

Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky has arrested Kiev’s top politicians and cracked down on domestic news outlets. The country has a lengthy history of corruption.

As for Russia, Vladimir Putin uses the old Soviet standby to get rid of dissent. He assassinates political opponents. Opposition activist Artem Basyrov, was sent to a psychiatric hospital by authorities a day before a planned demonstration. Putin also tightened his grip on the media by replacing the main news agency with one that will propagate his message without objections.

Vladimir Putin engineered his return to power through corruption, intimidation, murder, and setting up Dmitry Medvedev as a temporary sockpuppet. His domestic spying program is a carbon copy of the old KGB. Everything he does is a throwback to the old Soviet regime.
Biden’s foreign policy disasters and his decaying mental state have our allies shaking their heads and our enemies laughing their asses off.

We have no business supporting a war in Ukraine.

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