Source: Martin Walsh

Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis is calling out President Joe Biden for his handling of the Russia-Ukraine conflict.

While speaking with reporters, DeSantis said the perception of weakness emanating from the White House before Donald Trump won in 2016 and after he left office was not evident during his term.

“My feeling is they haven’t done enough —Europe or Biden’s administration — to really hit Putin where it counts, and that’s because they have been so weak on domestic energy,” DeSantis said in criticizing Biden’s energy policies, which he said stripped the United States of its energy independent status attained during the latter years of the Trump administration.

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“So let’s get back to where we need to get back to. And I can tell you this. The media spent four years saying that Trump was some type of agent of Russia, and yet, when I was in Congress when Obama was president, Obama refused to send weapons to Ukraine,” DeSantis said, going on to offer a series of comparisons.

“When Trump was president, we sent weapons to Ukraine. Putin didn’t like that very much. When Obama was president, Putin took Crimea. When Trump was president, they didn’t take anything. And now Biden’s president and they’re rolling into Ukraine,” the Republican governor continued.

He then explained that the botched, deadly withdrawal from Afghanistan, in which 11 Marines, a U.S. Army soldier, and a Navy corpsman were killed by a suicide bomber along with 150 Afghans, and in which hundreds of Americans have left behind along with billions of dollars worth of equipment, sent the wrong signal to potential U.S. enemies.

“It was a total catastrophe, but it displayed the lack of leadership that Joe Biden is bringing to the table,” he said, adding that he did not think that the worst consequence of that withdrawal would be Afghanistan itself.

“Russia was watching that. China was watching that. Iran was watching that. That whetted the appetite of these dictators,” DeSantis said, going on to predict that China and Iran will continue to behave belligerently as well.

“So the weakness has really bred a lot of the disorder you’re seeing right now,” he added.

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DeSantis warned last week that Democrats are likely prepared to return to the bad old days of the pandemic if they keep Congress in the November midterm elections.

“If they feel they need them,” the GOP governor said during an Expand American Energy forum on Friday in Doral, Fla., Democrats will reimpose COVID-19 restrictions on as much of the country as possible.

“The minute those elections are over, they will impose mandates if they feel the need to do that. They will impose restrictions,” DeSantis said.

“And so that will happen. If those types of people are allowed to be put in power, my view on that is, they’ve put Fauci in the witness protection program because he will say, you know, no, you should still wear a mask, and he’s never going to say be normal, go back to normal. So they know that, and they know that that’s not what people want,” DeSantis further noted.

He went on to speculate that blue state governors will reimpose pandemic restrictions as well by the winter of this year.

“There’s nothing wrong if on an individual basis you make a certain calculation. That’s fine. We encourage you to do that. But it’s wrong to mandate people and restrict people, and that will happen. I guarantee you, winter of 2022, any of those folks that are there, you are going to see that happen,” he continued.

“The only way to make sure it doesn’t happen is to have a nice, big, red wave. So, we’ll see,” he added.

Last week, DeSantis made similar remarks in a panel discussion with Florida Surgeon General Dr. Joesph Ladapo and several other medical experts in which he called ending on coronavirus restrictions.

“Over the past two years, the data has shown us what works and what doesn’t work. It is long past time to stop the COVID Theater,” DeSantis said.

“In Florida, we told the truth, we let the data drive our response, and we let Floridians make decisions for themselves and their children. As a result, Florida is in a better spot than states who used fear-mongering and mandates,” he added.

“In Florida, we won’t let them lock ya down, we won’t let them restrict you, we’re not gonna let them impose mandates, we’re not gonna let them close the schools,” said DeSantis noted after a speech at a park in Oldsmar, located just west of Tampa in early December as the Omicron variant was spreading.

“We are gonna protect your freedom to make your decisions,” he added.

“It’s a free country, so when people are in bad environments – when you have states that don’t know how to fight crime, when you have states that are locking people down, mandating them, doing a lot of stupid things – people look for greener pastures,” he said.