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The DeSantis foreign policy: Hard power, but with a high bar

By Jonathan Swan, Maggie Haberman and Kitty Bennett

23 Mar 2023 · 8 min read

Editor's Note

How does Ron DeSantis really view America's place in the world? The NYT takes an in-depth look at the Florida governor's foreign policy beliefs.

When Gov. Ron DeSantis of Florida made headlines recently by undercutting U.S. support for Ukraine, Republican hawks, many of whom cling to him as their only hope to defeat former President Donald Trump, wondered if they had misread him as an ideological ally.

DeSantis ditched his previous backing for Ukraine to align himself with the increasingly nationalistic Republican base, which he will need to win the 2024 presidential primary if he runs. But he was never the committed internationalist that some old-guard Republicans had wanted or imagined him to be.

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