REMINDER: DeSantis’s Foreign Policy Agenda Would Put the U.S., Allies in Danger 

In response to Ron DeSantis’s foreign policy speech at the Heritage Foundation, DNC spokesperson Sarafina Chitika released the following statement:

“Ron DeSantis’s foreign policy agenda would endanger the United States and undermine our allies – it’s clear he’s out of his depth. DeSantis cheered Senator Tuberville’s monthslong military blockade that continues to undermine our national security and disrespect our military leaders and parroted Vladimir Putin’s talking points on Ukraine. The U.S. needs strong, steady leadership, not DeSantis’s extreme foreign policy agenda that would leave America and our allies vulnerable.” 

Even as our ally Israel looks to the United States for support, DeSantis is cheering on Tuberville’s monthslong military blockade that not only undermines the United States’ military readiness, but hinders our capability to defend our allies. 

Politico: “Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis backed Sen. Tommy Tuberville’s months-long blockade on military nominations on Thursday, saying that the Pentagon’s abortion policy would ‘go out the window’ if he wins the presidency.”

DeSantis undermined our ally Ukraine by calling Putin’s bloody war a “territorial dispute” and a fight over the “borderlands.”

Ron DeSantis: “You have Ukraine and Russia fighting over kind of the borderlands.”

New York Post: “His assertion, in a statement to Fox News anchor Tucker Carlson, that it is not in America’s ‘vital national interests’ to become ‘further entangled in a territorial dispute between Ukraine and Russia’ was strongly criticized by numerous senior Republicans — including Sen. Lindsey Graham and Sen. Marco Rubio.”

DeSantis has no problem endangering our ally by opposing Ukraine’s admission to NATO. 

Newsweek: “Republican 2024 presidential candidate Ron DeSantis voiced opposition to Ukraine joining the North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO) during an interview on Saturday with conservative commentator Glenn Beck.”

DeSantis campaigns on being tough on China, but in Congress he voted for legislation that would have prioritized payments to China over supporting veterans and seniors.

HuffPost: “During an interview with Bloomberg TV, Boehner was asked about this week’s vote on the Full Faith and Credit Act, which, in the event that the U.S. hits its debt ceiling, would direct the treasury secretary to pay only the principal and interest owed to bondholders before making any other payments. Money for other payments, such as those for veterans, Medicare and national security, would have to be divvied up from what remained of the scarce federal funds. Republican supporters of the bill maintain that the most important thing is that the nation won’t default on its credit as long as those interest payments are made on time. ‘Our goal here is to get ourselves on a sustainable path from a fiscal standpoint,’ Boehner said. ‘I think doing a debt prioritization bill makes it clear to our bondholders that we’re going to meet our obligations.’”

Roll Call Vote, H. R. 807: “DeSantis – YEA”

DeSantis hasn’t ruled out launching missiles at Mexico to deal with drug cartels. 

Politico: “Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis wouldn’t rule out launching missiles into Mexico to combat drug cartels if he’s elected president, saying that it’s ‘dependent on the situation.’”