Former Vice President Mike Pence recently expressed concern over the approach of former President Donald Trump and Florida Governor Ron DeSantis towards Ukraine. According to the Associated Press, Pence believes that Trump and DeSantis fail to grasp the importance of supporting Ukraine’s efforts to counter Russia’s invasion of the country.
“With all due respect, I think the former president and the governor of Florida just don’t understand Americans’ national interest in supporting the Ukrainian military in repelling the Russian military in Ukraine,” he stated.
Pence’s statement comes amid growing concerns regarding the nation’s funds which the Biden administration is continually pouring into Ukraine in the name of military support.
While the United States has already approved billions of dollars in aid to assist Ukraine, there have been voices of opposition among many Americans who question the allocation of so many resources to a foreign nation.
Nonetheless, Pence firmly believes that the US should stand strong and support Ukraine’s fight against Russian aggression. “I think we need to stand firm, stand strong. I’m going to do that, while others may be giving way to a more populist sentiment,” he said to the AP.
According to the Trump administration vice president who recently launched a White House bid, the war is a crucial matter to the United States because China is closely observing the situation.
Having recently visited Ukraine and met with Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy, Pence said he “left more determined than ever to be a voice for strong military support and to explain to the American people that… we’re there because it’s in the interests of the United States of America to support Ukraine when they repel Russian invasion.”
According to his statement to the AP, he gained a deeper understanding of the situation. Now, he is warning that failing to provide the Ukrainian military with the necessary resources to repel the Russian invasion would have far-reaching consequences.
“If we don’t give the Ukrainian military what they need to defeat and repel the Russian invasion, I’m convinced that the second half of the 21st century will look a great deal more like the first half of the 20th century,” he cautioned.
During an appearance on CBS’ Face The Nation, the 2024 GOP presidential aspirant further defended the provision of military aid by the US to help “the Ukrainian military push back on Russian aggression.”
“If Russia were able to overrun Ukraine, it would not be long before Putin ordered his troops over a border, that under NATO, we would be required to send our men and women in uniform,” he stated.
It is absolutely essential that United States continue to provide military support to the Ukrainian military to push back on Russian aggression. If Russia were able to overrun Ukraine, it would not be long before Putin ordered his troops over a border, that under NATO, we would… pic.twitter.com/tVQBG67BfS
— Mike Pence (@Mike_Pence) July 2, 2023