Ramaswamy says funding Ukraine and unconditionally aiding Israel not in U.S.’s best interest

Published: Oct. 25, 2023 at 10:40 AM CDT
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WASHINGTON (Gray DC) - On Tuesday, entrepreneur and Republican presidential candidate Vivek Ramaswamy said President Joe Biden is making a mistake by linking Israel and Ukraine aid together.

He doubled down on that and more during a speech at the Hudson Institute.

“We should not conflate these conflicts where there are very different issues at stake,” said Ramaswamy.

President Biden recently asked Congress to approve $105 billion in combined aid for Ukraine, Israel, the U.S. southern border and the Indo-Pacific region. Ramaswamy, who is currently polling in fourth place in the GOP presidential primary race, thinks funding Ukraine is not in the best interest of the United States and neither is unconditionally aiding Israel.

“Israel owes it to itself to defend itself. But if the U.S. is going to be involved, then we need to understand with clarity what exactly are the objectives, what exactly is the plan for success and what exactly is the plan for succession after success,” Ramaswamy said.

Ramaswamy said there should also be push for peace in eastern Europe, that Ukraine should not be allowed into NATO and that Russia should keep what it has captured of Ukraine.

“But not for free. To the contrary, advancing American interests in the process by requiring that, in return for that deal, Vladimir Putin and Russia exit its military alliance with China. Thereby, weakening and disbanding the single greatest threat to the United States of America today,” said Ramaswamy.

Finally, Ramaswamy said China is the country gaining most from the U.S. focusing on wars in Ukraine and in the Middle East because of a potential invasion of Taiwan.

“I’m worried that if China invades or annexes Taiwan today, we will then forever have an economic gun to our head because of our reliance for our modern way of life. On the semiconductors produced in Taiwan,” Ramaswamy said.