The U.S. has approved billions in assistance for Ukraine as that embattled nation has endeavored to beat back a Russian invasion over the last year, but former Vice President Mike Pence — who has indicated that he is considering a White House bid — is warning that if America wavers in its commitment to support Ukrainians in defending their freedom, U.S. troops may have to fight to defend America’s freedom.
Pence said that the quickest “path to peace is to help Ukraine win the war.” He said he thinks that “if Russia is not stopped in Ukraine,” NATO allies will eventually be threatened, and at that point, the U.S. “will have no choice” beside sending its own troops.
Pence advocated sanctions against Russia, as well as military and humanitarian support to assist Ukraine.
As the 2024 presidential race heats up, Pence is one of the GOP figures who may opt to throw his hat into the ring, a move that would mean challenging former President Donald Trump in the GOP primary — Pence served alongside Trump during Trump’s term in office.
“We’re listening, we’re reflecting, we’re talking to firms,” Pence said, according to NBC News, noting that “by the spring, our family expects to have a very clear sense of our calling.” Pence has said that he is “confident” there will be “better choices” than Trump.
Former U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations Nikki Haley, who served in that role during a portion of Trump’s tenure, has already launched a presidential bid. And Vivek Ramaswamy has also announced a presidential run.