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Eyeing 2024, DeSantis comes out against Ukraine aid

Good morning, US politics blog readers. Last night, Florida’s Republican governor and all-but-declared 2024 presidential contender Ron DeSantis said he was opposed to further American aid to Ukraine, via a statement read on the air by Fox News commentator Tucker Carlson. The decision aligns DeSantis with his rival Donald Trump, who is seen as the frontrunner for the GOP’s presidential nomination next year, but creates daylight between him and many other Republicans who say backing Kyiv is a national security priority. With Democrat Joe Biden a staunch friend of Ukraine, the governor’s stance makes clear the potential consequences if the GOP retakes the White House next year. We’ll see if anyone else in the party weighs in on DeSantis’s decision today.

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