REMINDER: 2024 Republicans’ Keep Siding with Putin Over Democracy
November 9, 2023
From top to bottom, the 2024 Republican field has repeatedly sided with Vladimir Putin, parroting his talking points and undermining our support for allies — all to win over the most extreme, right-wing parts of their MAGA base. Most dangerous of all, Republicans are now recklessly floating that the United States give Putin exactly what wants and pull out of NATO.
Trump has consistently floated pulling the United States out of NATO for years — just one example of a dangerous foreign policy agenda that could put America and its allies in danger and boost Putin.
Rolling Stone: “Trump Plots to Pull Out of NATO — If He Doesn’t Get His Way”
Rolling Stone: “Donald Trump wanted to pull the United States out of NATO during his first term, but was repeatedly talked out of it by senior administration officials. For a possible second term in the White House, the 2024 Republican presidential frontrunner is already discussing how he could actually get it done, if his demands aren’t met by NATO.”
Ramaswamy, whose reckless foreign policy agenda demonstrates how he never knows what he’s talking about, was open to Trump’s call to pull the United States out of NATO and open to reevaluating America’s membership in the United Nations.
Politico: “One of the better-polling Republican presidential candidates said on Monday that withdrawing the U.S. from NATO was a ‘reasonable idea’ and that he was ‘reevaluating’ whether America should remain a member of the United Nations.
“POLITICO asked Vivek Ramaswamy, the entrepreneur polling fourth nationally and in Iowa, about a Rolling Stone article detailing how the GOP frontrunner, former President Donald Trump, was open to taking the U.S. out of the transatlantic military alliance.”
Donald Trump has repeatedly bragged about his “good relationship” with Vladmir Putin and how he trusted Putin more than his own American intelligence community.
Trump on Putin: “We had a very good relationship.”
Washington Post, February 2022: “‘Genius,’ ‘Savvy’: Trump reacts to Putin’s invasion of Ukraine exactly as you’d expect”
Trump, February 2022: “‘I said, ‘“How smart is that?’” He’s going to go in and be a peacekeeper,’ added Trump, who regularly praised and sought close ties with Putin during his time in office. ‘That’s the strongest peace force. We could use that on our southern border. That’s the strongest peace force I’ve ever seen. There were more army tanks than I’ve ever seen. They’re going to keep peace, all right.’”
Trump, February 2022: “Putin is now saying, ‘It’s independent,’ a large section of Ukraine. I said, ‘How smart is that?’ And he’s gonna go in and be a peacekeeper. … Here’s a guy who’s very savvy.”
Donald Trump has said he might have let Putin “take over” parts of Ukraine and refused to say who he wants to win the war.
Daily Beast: “Fox News Edits Out Trump Saying He Might’ve Let Russia ‘Take Over’ Parts of Ukraine”
HuffPost: “Trump declined to call Vladimir Putin a war criminal, despite voluminous reports of atrocities such as torture and the use of rape as a tool of war by Russians in Ukraine.”
New York Times: “Mr. Trump repeated a frequent riff, saying that ‘both sides are weary and ready to make a deal’ and that the ‘death and destruction must end now.’ Mr. Trump has already said he would let Russia ‘take over’ parts of Ukraine in a negotiated deal.”
USA Today: “Trump also repeatedly refused to answer questions regarding whether he wants Russia or Ukraine to win the war. In an interview with Fox News, Trump also declined to say whether he would consider allowing Russia to keep Ukrainian land as part of an agreement to end the war.”
Ron DeSantis opposed U.S. support for Ukraine, saying that backing Ukraine was “not one” of our country’s “vital national interests.”
NPR: “DeSantis joined former President Donald Trump — another leading GOP contender — in opposing U.S. support for Ukraine. They outlined their positions in a survey of potential 2024 Republican candidates done by Fox News host Tucker Carlson.
“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.
Vivek Ramaswamy says he would end U.S. support for Ukraine if he wins the presidency.
Ramaswamy: “What I think we need to do is end the Ukraine war on peaceful terms that, yes, do make some major concessions to Russia, including freezing those current lines of control in a Korean-war style armistice agreement.”
CBS News: “2024 hopeful Vivek Ramaswamy would end U.S. military support for Ukraine”
Ramaswamy: “I would not send another dollar of U.S. resources to Ukraine.”