Republican Governor Kim Reynolds of the state of Iowa blamed the Russian invasion of Ukraine directly on the administration of President Joe Biden and his approach to foreign policy.
In the official Republican response to the Democratic president’s State of the Union address, Gov. Reynolds offered a list of what she described as the administration’s foreign policy failures, including last year’s chaotic withdrawal from Afghanistan.
He said the current administration’s actions not only “cost American lives” but also “betrayed our allies and emboldened our enemies.”
Reynolds suggested that Biden allowed the Ukraine invasion to happen by waiving sanctions on Russian pipelines and eliminating domestic oil production.
He concluded that Biden and congressional Democrats were too busy “focusing on political correctness instead of military preparedness.”
“Weakness on the world stage comes at a cost,” Reynolds said. “And the president’s approach to foreign policy has always been too little, too late.”
Reynolds, 62, began her political career as an elected rural county treasurer and served four terms in that role before being elected to the Iowa State Senate in 2008. She was promoted to lieutenant governor two years later as the running mate Governor Terry Branstad’s running mate, who succeeded him in 2017 when he was confirmed as then-President Donald Trump’s choice as ambassador to China.
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