Title: Cut Off Aid? GOP Presidential Candidate Ramaswamy Says No More Aid to Israel…
Vivek Ramaswamy has been rising in GOP polls, coming in at 3rd place right behind Trump and DeSantis, respectively.
Voters love his quick wit, conservative policies, and anti-Deep State statements.
But his latest comments threaten to “dethrone him” from the number 3 spot.
It seems Ramaswamy may have torpedoed his own candidacy when he recently said that “aid to Israel should be dramatically cut,” and “Israel’s neighboring Arab states should get the same amount in U.S. aid as Israel receives.”
He went on to say that “the true mark of success for the U.S., and for Israel, will be to get to a 2028 where Israel is so strongly standing on its own two feet, integrated into the economic and security infrastructure of the rest of the Middle East, that it will not require and be dependent on that same level of historical aid or commitment from the U.S..”
Currently, Israel gets $3.3 billion annually from the US, which it is spends on U.S.-manufactured equipment.
After extreme backlash from the other Republican presidential candidates, the media, Christians, and Conservatives, Ramaswamy tried to backpedal his statement, sending out an email to “clarify” his earlier comments.
In his email, he said he “would support continued aid to Israel after 2028 if his peace agreement plan failed.”
Former UN Ambassador and GOP presidential hopeful Nikki Haley immediately responded to Ramaswamy, saying, “Vivek Ramaswamy is completely wrong to call for ending America’s special bond with Israel. Supporting Israel is both the morally right and strategically smart thing to do. This is part of a pattern with Vivek—his foreign policies have a common theme: they make America less safe.”
Dick Morris, a political strategist for President Clinton and Trump, also reacted to Ramaswamy’s statements about Israel, saying, “He dangerously argues that Israel should not get any more U.S. aid than neighboring Muslim countries. On what basis is that fair? Israel’s aid package should be determined by what we give terrorist state Syria?”
But Ramaswamy’s foreign policy blunders don’t stop at Israel. During an interview with nation radio host Hugh Hewitt, he said he “would encourage China to invade Taiwan after 2028, giving him time as president to move the island’s sensitive microchip business to a safer location.”
He also praised India’s Hindu nationalist leader Narendra Modi, saying that he “respects Modi for reviving national pride in India” — describing the Hindu nationalist’s socialist anti-Christian rhetoric as “healthy.”
Modi’s economic policy is based on the growth of the Indian welfare state, and if Modi’s Hindutva Rashtra ideology grows in popularity, it would condemn India’s 200 million Christians and Muslims to be declared second-class citizens.
Already, India has become one of the top 10 countries for Christian persecution.
In fact, since 2014 Modi became prime minister, Christians and Muslims have been targeted with government-sponsored hate campaigns and violence.
These comments have hurt Ramaswamy, causing him to slip in the polls, especially the Poll of Iowa GOP caucusers—The first GOP primary is only a few months away.
It’s still early in the presidential primary, and Ramaswamy has now backpedaled his statements regarding aid to Israel.
Ramaswamy vows not to cut aid to Israel “until Israel tells the U.S. that it no longer needs the aid,” Ramaswamy said during 2 recent interviews with Israeli news outlets.
Recently, he told Sean Hannity on his Fox News show that he wants to introduce his “Abraham Accords 2.0 plan,” explaining that “aid to Israel won’t be necessary with its new business partners in the Middle East facilitated by a Ramaswamy administration.”
He also assured Hannity that “his administration’s relationship with Israel will be one that will ensure that Iran never, ever, ever has nuclear capabilities.”
Will voters “forgive Ramaswamy” or hold his comments against him?
What do you think?
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