The New York Times reports:
Declaring this week that defending Ukraine against Russia’s invasion was not a vital interest for the United States, Gov. Ron DeSantis of Florida cemented a Republican shift away from hawkish foreign policy that has played out over the past decade and accelerated with Donald J. Trump’s political rise.
Senator Lindsey Graham, Republican of South Carolina, said in an interview on Tuesday morning that he “could not disagree more” with Mr. DeSantis’s characterization of the stakes attached to the defense of Ukraine.
“The Neville Chamberlain approach to aggression never ends well,” said Mr. Graham, comparing Mr. DeSantis to the British prime minister who appeased Adolf Hitler. “This is an attempt by Putin to rewrite the map of Europe by force of arms.”
Read the full article. Earlier today Marco Rubio also denounced DeSantis’ position against defending Ukraine.
Combined, Trump and DeSantis account for more than 75% of Republican voters and Republican-leaning independents. Both have declared that defending Ukraine against Russia is not a key U.S. interest. This cements a profound shift in the GOP. https://t.co/njtD1SBAcB
— Jonathan Swan (@jonathanvswan) March 14, 2023