Florida Governor Ron DeSantis has sparked debate over his recent comments about the conflict between Ukraine and Russia. During a press conference on Monday, DeSantis declared that the situation in Ukraine is “not a vital U.S. interest.”
“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,” DeSantis said.
The Governor’s comments have drawn attention from many, including journalist and television personality Geraldo Rivera. Responding to DeSantis on social media, Rivera said, “Disappointed in Gov Ron DeSantis announcing Ukraine is not a vital US interest. Not in US interest to prevent expansionist Russia from invading innocent neighboring countries? Not in our interest to prevent return of the Iron Curtain? In our interest to roll over for Putin?”
The conflict dates back to 2014, when Russia annexed Crimea from Ukraine, a move that was widely condemned by the international community. Since the invasion in 2022, things seem to continue towards a path consisting of escalation.
Disappointed in Gov Ron DeSantis announcing Ukraine is not a vital US interest.
Not in US interest to prevent expansionist Russia from invading innocent neighboring countries?
Not in our interest to prevent return of the Iron Curtain?
In our interest to roll over for Putin?
— Geraldo Rivera (@GeraldoRivera) March 14, 2023
The conflict between Ukraine and Russia has been ongoing for several years, and DeSantis’s comments have sparked buzz about the United States’ role in the conflict and its responsibility to defend its allies. Some have criticized the Governor for his lack of support for Ukraine, while others have defended his position, arguing that the U.S. should focus on its own national interests.