Trump news: Ukraine war has GOP set for internal war, analyst says

Like the Formula 1 race, pole positioning for the Republican presidential candidate is currently underway, and candidates want every edge they can get.

Republican constituencies are expected to be packed, and the early campaign hopes to go to great lengths to become the last man (or woman) to run for office in November 2024. About how to navigate the ongoing war in Ukraine. While the arena has not yet been set, a line in the sand has already been drawn in the war, with far-right lawmakers and candidates articulating the boundaries.

The tug-of-war has already begun, and with both sides digging in, the possibility of catastrophe is very real. A crucible.

Declared candidates, including former President Donald Trump and former South Carolina governor and United Nations Ambassador Nikki Haley, have expressed similar views on Ukraine. No blank checks. A significant cut in future US aid. Senator Tim Scott, also from South Carolina and just visiting Iowa, was recently asked by new Fox host Sean Hannity about the policy differences with Trump, and his answer was: was.

cracks are beginning to appear

Even Florida governor and Republican darling Ron DeSantis, whose participation in the presidential race is a foregone conclusion, is aligned with his party’s MAGA arm on Ukraine. He is a far cry from his position in Congress when he criticized the Obama administration for its lack of a blanket response to Russia’s annexation of Crimea in 2014.

Still, cracks are beginning to appear, and it is only a matter of time before these divisions affect efforts to regain both the White House and Congress. He emphasized that there is a deep division when he parted ways with President Trump on Wednesday. In a recent interview he said: -16 now.

Graham has taken his case further than the Biden administration and other Western allies, which have been reluctant to train and provide fighter jets.

Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell, who led the parliamentary delegation to the Munich Security Conference, took direct aim at those within his own party who may not be willing to provide adequate support to Ukraine. He told the press, “I think too much attention has been given to the very few people who seem uninvested in Ukraine’s success.” There is no doubt that

The former Senate Majority Leader is desperate to return to the top spot in the U.S. Senate and has taken a no-holds-barred approach on issues that could hamper his efforts, particularly Ukraine.

Along with McConnell, about 25 Republicans in the House and Senate gathered in Munich to present a united front in support of Ukraine. That delegation also includes House Foreign Relations Committee chairman and Republican Michael McCall, who recently said, “We need to put our all into this fight so they (Ukraine) can win. ‘ said.

Rise in anti-Ukrainian Republicans

But perhaps more troubling as influential Republicans unite with Ukraine, the number of anti-Ukrainian Republicans continues to grow exponentially.

It further increases the possibility of internal conflicts. Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky, in his recent speech before his parliament, directly addressed parliamentarians’ concerns, saying, “Your money is not a charity, it is an investment in global security…” emphasized. responsible way. But once the election campaign begins, domestic politics, not foreign policy, will dominate the political landscape.

Concerns are growing that the far-right backlash against Ukraine suggests that it is acquiescing to Russian aggression. At the Trump-Putin Helsinki summit, President Trump accepted Putin’s denial of election interference in his own intelligence agency assessment. Perhaps the pro-Russian platform still exists within the Republican Party, and a few senior officials within the party are ready to fight to ensure its survival. can serve as a bulwark against such impulses.

Trump’s former vice-presidential candidate has accused his fellow Republicans of opposing Ukraine, raising the risk of this looming confrontation. In an interview, he said, “Some people in my party have somewhat different views, but there won’t be room for Putin’s apologists in the Republican leadership.” There is only room for defenders of liberty.”

US support for Ukraine remains strong at 65 percent. But nearly half of Republicans (47%) say America has gone too far.

By comparison, a majority of Democrats say America’s involvement is about right. Moreover, with President Biden gearing up for re-election, it would be easy to sell US support for Ukraine given the current numbers. But on the right, Ukraine complicates efforts for a unified message. Already the Republican Party is at odds with itself, and as evidenced by the recent debacle to decide the Speaker of the House, the Republican battle is nasty, protracted, hurtful and ultimately debilitating. A split could doom candidates and Republicans to a similar fate. When a healthy and lively discussion takes place, it is said that “iron sharpens iron.” However, when Republicans lock their swords, it’s more of a “kill or be killed.”

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