(USNewsMag.com) – Republican presidential candidate Vivek Ramaswamy said that it was “reasonable” to reevaluate whether the United States should continue to be an active member of international organizations like the UN and NATO.
During a campaign stop in Iowa, a reporter from Politico asked Ramaswamy about Donald Trump’s stated position of reducing U.S. commitments to the organizations or pulling out altogether. Ramaswamy chose his words carefully, saying that the idea was “reasonable” and that it’s something he has considered.
He qualified his remarks by saying that he was “open” to “reevaluating” the relationship between the UN and the U.S.
Ramaswamy may get the opportunity to elaborate on the debate stage; he’s poised to be one of the three primary contenders expected to show up. Donald Trump skipped the first two and has said he wouldn’t be attending since he believes the primary contest was already won by himself, citing polls.
Florida Governor Ron DeSantis and former US Ambassador to the UN Nikki Haley are expected to participate.
Unnamed “sources” told Rollingstone that Trump is looking to avoid “NATO lovers” in his cabinet should he be elected in 2024.
Ramaswamy has publicly suggested Congress vote down Biden’s $106 billion gift to Israel and Ukraine. He wants to tie ongoing financial support for the Jewish state to accomplishing “clear objectives” in the war with Hamas and a “coherent plan” for what follows once Hamas is destroyed, presuming they can destroy it.
Congress recently elected Rep. Mike Johnson (R-LA) to the Speaker position, meaning normal debate and governance can continue. The House had been paralyzed for over two weeks while the body debated who would become the next Speaker.
The $106 billion boon for more war in Europe and the Middle East is also tied to border security and other budget items. Biden’s request bundles everything together, such that Republicans would have to endorse some expenses they may oppose to get the ones they want passed.
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