Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis criticized President Joe Biden for not condemning Iran’s involvement in terrorism in the Middle East. He also stated that his approach to the hostile nation was one of the White House’s worst foreign policy decisions.
DeSantis expressed his opinions during a town hall with Newsmax in Urbandale, Iowa on Monday.
DeSantis was asked about his thoughts on the Biden administration releasing billions of dollars to Iran.
“What Biden has done is given power to an enemy,” DeSantis told Newsmax. “He did it knowingly because he believes he can make a deal with them. You can’t make a deal with them. Their ideology is opposed to both Israel and the United States.”
DeSantis recalled his time in the military when Iran-backed militias killed hundreds of American soldiers in the region.
“Iran has caused the deaths of many Americans,” he said, before referencing another Iran-backed event: Oct. 7 in Israel.
“The attack by Hamas wouldn’t have happened if [Biden] had imposed sanctions on Iran as he should have,” DeSantis said. “This is one of the worst aspects of Biden’s foreign policy. To this day, he won’t call out Iran for their role in promoting terrorism in the Middle East.”
Newsmax host Eric Bolling asked the governor why.
“It goes back to [former President Barack] Obama,” DeSantis said. “Obama had this idea that Iran’s dislike for us is somehow our fault. He thinks it’s blame America first. … They want to spread Islamic extremism worldwide and they’re hardwired to do that, so they’ll never want to get along with the United States.”
DeSantis said the key to defeating Iran is through economics.
“We will apply every financial pressure so that money doesn’t flow into the regime,” he said.
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