Top Republican Issues Warning To GOP Over Ukraine

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( – Former Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice has warned that those potential 2024 GOP presidential contenders who have questioned whether the U.S. should pull back support for Ukraine should be more cautious about what they say. During an appearance on CBS’s “Face The Nation,” moderator Margaret Brennan asked Rice about the recent comments made by former President Trump and Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis (R) both of whom have criticized the U.S. for their continuous support for Kyiv.

Rice responded to this by saying that the people who run for president should be able to comprehend the “essence of this conflict.” She added that this is not about just defending Ukrainian independence, it is also about defending rules that state you cannot destroy your neighboring country.

Last week, DeSantis gave an interview on Fox News in which he disclosed that Biden was ignoring important domestic issues while he was choosing to travel to Ukraine for the one-year anniversary of the war. DeSantis has not yet announced a presidential run for 2024, but he is widely considered to be preparing to launch a presidential campaign.

Trump, who has already announced his presidential campaign, has also argued that the U.S. should slow down its support for Ukraine and should instead press the two countries to hold negotiations.

Rice however has said that stopping to provide support for Ukraine could lead to problems and that it would not be a good message for the future president to allow Russia to win even if they were able to do something about it.


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