December 5, 2022

How Republicans respond to Russia’s war on Ukraine: NPR

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Republicans have largely condemned Russian President Vladimir Putin’s invasion of Ukraine, and many have criticized President Biden’s response to sanctions as inadequate.

However, the GOP has not reached a consensus on the Kremlin’s actions, and former President Donald Trump remains an outsider in the party he leads.

Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky. Ryan van Welcher Reported.

Row of Republicans, Including McConnell, Criticized The sanctions announced by Biden in retaliation for Russia’s occupation are too short, too late.

There was bipartisan energy in Congress for a package that was supposed to be “the mother of all obstacles”. While the negotiations on that bill are ongoing Fell apart Six days ago, that was There is energy.

New Jersey Democratic Senate. Bob Menendez, a lawmaker who also spearheaded the push for sanctions, reiterated his support for further action on Thursday.

“As we seek to impose maximum costs on Putin, there is more we can and should do,” he said. In a statement.

GOP focuses on other topics in CPAC

Meanwhile, on the first day of the CPAC Conservative Political Action Conference, Republican politicians were paralyzed in their response to Russia and Ukraine.

Considered a strong challenger to Trump as the 2024 presidential candidate, Florida Governor Ron Desantis chose not to mention Ukraine or Russia in his speech on Thursday, but chose to focus on key GOP cultural war issues, such as Govt policy and the teaching of race in general. Schools.

Florida Gov. Ron Desantis speaks at the Conservative Political Action Conference in Orlando on Thursday.

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The events in the early presidential states of New Hampshire and Iowa were planned by Tennessee Sen. Marsha Blackburn has only briefly touched on Ukraine and Russia in her comments.

Meanwhile, Trump’s response to the Russian aggression so far has been as critical as Biden’s – but friendly with Putin. On a conservative radio show on Tuesday, he Praised The actions of the Russian leader in recognizing the independence of areas under separatist control as “intellectual” and “genius”. And Views From a fundraiser in Florida on Wednesday, Trump called Putin “smart” for “$ 2 worth of sanctions” on his occupation of Ukraine.

Trump has been friendly with Putin throughout his presidency. In a bad 2018 press conference with Putin, Trump called on the Russian leader to deny the 2016 election.Strong and powerful. “

Daniel Pletka, a well-known senior colleague in foreign and security policy studies at the right-wing American Enterprise Institute, acknowledged that previous and very strong sanctions from Biden would be very effective in preventing Putin.

He also noted that foreign policy ideologies do not always break down neatly on a party basis – he pointed out that no major party is made up of completely isolated or interventionist activists.

However, according to Trump, he has occupied a separate ideology, often governed by selfishness.

“I do not discriminate against his somewhat confusing statements. “But it’s not surprising that Trump sees this through the prism of his own ego and his own power, even through the prism of geopolitical strategy or American strength and security.”

Trump is due to speak at the CPAC on Saturday night and should carefully consider any comments on the situation in Ukraine.