DeSantis Sounds Support For Trump’s Stance On Russia

On Sunday, after praise from Russian President Vladimir Putin prompted condemnation from some members of the GOP, Florida Governor Ron DeSantis (R) supported former President Trump’s policies toward Russia.

DeSantis told Fox News’ Howard Kurtz on “MediaBuzz” that the idea that Trump is some type of lackey for Putin is untrue.

DeSantis elaborated, saying of Trump that he had a very robust Russia policy. He said Trump did a lot to shore up Ukraine’s defenses and didn’t see the idea that he wanted to be buddy-buddy with Putin.

Despite Trump’s escalating legal woes, DeSantis has had trouble closing the polling gap that has kept him in second place behind Trump in the Republican race.

In public statements last week, Putin criticized the charges of Trump as proof of rot in the U.S. political system and praised his vow to end the war within 24 hours of entering office by bringing Putin and Zelensky to a negotiation table.

Putin said, “This is good.”

Others in the Republican Party seized on Putin’s remarks as evidence that Trump is too friendly with the Russian leader.

Former New Jersey governor and rival presidential contender Chris Christie idiotically wrote on X that Trump’s best friend is now speaking up in his defense.

DeSantis also sidestepped whether he thought Trump would cut off aid to Ukraine if he were re-elected president.

The governor of Florida has publicly stated his opposition to further American participation in the conflict. In addition, he has had to retract statements in which he characterized Russia’s invasion of Ukraine as a “territorial dispute.”

Last week on “Meet the Press,” host Kristen Welker questioned the former president further about his reaction to Putin’s statements.

He said he’d get Putin and Zelensky together in a room, and they’d probably be able to work out a deal.

Trump’s position is that he wants “the killing to stop.”

“Putin has now officially backed the Putin-wing of the Republican Party,” wrote longtime Trump opponent, daughter of Warhawk Dick Cheney (who some claim profited financially from war), and former Republican Representative of Wyoming, Liz Cheney.