Former President Donald Trump has reportedly called for peace talks in Ukraine, claiming that he could end the conflict in “24 hours.”
All other potential Republican presidential contenders appear to oppose his foreign policy strategy, making his position unique.
So far both sides of the conflict have refused to engage in meaningful dialogue with the other unless conditions which are unacceptable to the other party are accepted.
Former Trump administration officials who are expected to run in 2024, including John Bolton, Mike Pompeo, Mike Pence, and Nikki Haley, have not advocated Trump’s peace proposal, instead arguing for more sanctions against Putin and even more weapons sent to Ukraine.
Other potential candidates, including Ted Cruz, Kristi Noem, Rick Scott, Tim Scott, Glenn Youngkin, and Ron DeSantis, have not embraced Trump’s negotiated peace strategy.
Trump’s previous secretary of state, Mike Pompeo, has argued that the US should continue supplying Ukraine weapons and resources to battle Russia since Ukrainians, at least according to him, are waging a war in America’s interest.
After speaking with Zelenskyy in March, Texas Senator Ted Cruz pressed the Biden administration to offer even more deadly help to Ukraine in addition to the many billions of dollars worth of equipment and aid Ukraine has already received.
South Carolina Senator Tim Scott has also urged the Biden administration to deliver supplies more quickly.
Florida Senator Rick Scott has called for deploying deadly help to Ukraine while also addressing domestic concerns.
Governors Kristi Noem of South Dakota, Glenn Youngkin of Virginia, and Ron DeSantis of Florida have been mainly silent on Ukraine policy, although they have all condemned President Joe Biden’s stance.
The Biden administration has vowed its undying support for delivering more weapons and other assistance to Ukraine for “as long as it takes,” and on Wednesday, Biden approved the transfer of 31 Abrams tanks to the country.
Marking a significant escalation on the part of the United States.
Whether or not Trump’s position will win over voters in the upcoming GOP presidential primary remains to be seen.
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