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J.D. Vance foreign policy clashes with Republicans, Donald Trump


Former President Donald Trump takes the stage at a campaign-style rally at The Farm at 95 in Selma, N.C., on Saturday, April 9, 2022. (Veasey Conway/The New York Times)

I served in the Trump administration for nearly four years and was a loyal supporter of the former president.

 Donald Trump has chosen to endorse J.D. Vance for U.S. Senate and is expected to arrive in the Columbus area today, April 23 to rally thousands of America Firsters in his support.

However, I believe Vance’s view on foreign policy is wrong for Ohio, the Republican Party and the United States.

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While Russian forces were amassing along the border of Ukraine in February, Vance revealed his callousness during a political talk show, admitting, “I gotta be honest with you, I don’t really care what happens to Ukraine one way or another.”

Mar 28, 2022; Wilberforce, Ohio, USA; U.S. Senate Republican candidate J.D. Vance gives a response during Ohio’s U.S. Senate Republican Primary Debate at Central State University. Mandatory Credit: Joshua A. Bickel/Ohio Debate Commission

 Vance has since expressed some regret for the comment, but a subsequent statement only revealed further disdain for the country.

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Shortly after the Kremlin began its illegal invasion, he dishonored Ukraine’s soldiers by complaining that, “we spent $6 billion on a failed Ukrainian military,” asserting that “the only real solution to tyranny abroad is a strong America with protected borders, a prosperous middle class and healthy people,” and that  “further engulfing ourselves in Eastern Europe harms and distracts from those goals.”

More recently, the Wall Street Journal reported that Vance said, “I think it is a huge—a catastrophic—mistake to get more and involved in what’s going on in Russia and Ukraine, especially when we have our problems right here at home.”

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These comments ignore some of Vance’s would-be constituency since a significant number of Ohioans are of Ukrainian descent.

Rob Portman is campaigning with U.S. Senate candidate Jane Timken after endorsing her. This is Portman's first time on the campaign trail in the race for his successor.. Portman speaks at a campaign event for Timken in Columbus on Friday, March 4, 2022.

Many of them fled the Soviet Union and are keen on the dangers of Russian aggression. His views are also a stark contrast to Ohio’s outgoing U.S. Senator Rob Portman, who has called for more “lethal aid” for Ukraine and that America should “stand shoulder to shoulder with Ukraine.”

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