“The View” co-host Sunny Hostin praised Republican Florida Sen. Marco Rubio on Wednesday for his remarks on the war between Russia and Ukraine.
Rubio, along with some other prominent Republicans, pushed back against Republican Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis’ argument that Russia’s invasion of Ukraine is a “territorial dispute.”
“It’s not a territorial dispute in the sense that any more than it would be a territorial dispute if the United States decided that it wanted to invade Canada or take over the Bahamas,” Rubio said on the Hugh Hewitt Show Tuesday.
Hostin commended the senator for his comparison during the “The View” panel’s discussion on DeSantis’ comments.
“I have to say, I never thought I would say this, Marco Rubio made a lot of sense,” Hostin said. “He said it would be like the U.S. just deciding to invade Canada, and that made it very crystal clear to me because I think geopolitics are difficult for people to grasp, especially if you haven’t studied it and I also think a lot of people don’t understand that we are a global economy that we really do work all around the world and we exchange products all around the world.”
Hostin said Rubio’s framing will help Americans understand the significance of the war in Ukraine. Co-host Joy Behar pushed back, arguing that Rubio is likely running in the 2024 presidential election and will say anything to get elected. (RELATED: ‘Trying To Save The Party’: ‘The View’ Co-Host Sara Haines Commends Republicans Speaking At CPAC Alternatives)
Co-host Sara Haines said the U.S. will be required to get involved in the war if Russia invades Poland, a member of the North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO). Behar lamented DeSantis and the so-called “MAGA crowd” for saying more funding should be allocated to domestic issues rather than Ukraine.
Co-host Whoopi Goldberg said the they “want to believe” the U.S. can remain isolated from foreign affairs instead of aiding Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy. The U.S. has committed approximately $34 billion in security assistance “to help Ukraine preserve its territorial integrity, secure its borders, and improve interoperability with NATO,” according to the Congressional Research Service.