Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis (R) on Wednesday brushed off a question from a reporter about if he has taken one of the COVID-19 vaccines, saying that despite having access to it as an elected official, he’s “not the priority.”
“I’m willing to take it, but I am not the priority,” DeSantis explained, then explaining that people in his age range will not be at the front of the line for vaccinations.
“I’m under 45, […] the people under 45 are not going to be first in line for this,” he added.
“When it is my turn, I will take it,” DeSantis continued, emphasizing that he wanted those at higher risk, such as the elderly, to be vaccinated first.
“Granted I’m an elected official, but whoop dee doo. At the end of the day, let’s focus on where the risk is,” he concluded.
The Florida governor’s comments come as other elected officials across the country refuse to get vaccinated before those who are at higher risk, with some, like Congresswoman Tulsi Gabbard (D-Hawaii), calling out their younger colleagues who have already gotten the vaccine, such as Congresswoman Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-N.Y.), as part of the continuity of government plan.
Some of the higher-ranking officials who have gotten their first doses of the coronavirus vaccine include Vice President Mike Pence, President-elect Joe Biden, Vice President-elect Kamala Harris, as well as House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) and Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.). Pence, it should be noted, is currently the most high-profile member of the Trump administration to receive a dose of the vaccine.
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Trump: Tanks to Ukraine could escalate to use of ‘NUKES’
Former President Donald Trump stated bluntly on Truth Social, “FIRST COME THE TANKS, THEN COME THE NUKES. Get this crazy war ended, NOW. So easy to do!”
Trump was referring to the escalation of war in Ukraine. He, like many other commentators and lawmakers, are warning that the decision to continue sending weapons – and now tanks – could potentially lead to the use of “nuclear weapons.”
It’s mission creep and it’s dangerous, they say.
Why? Because Russian President Valdimir Putin has indicated in two different speeches that he would use nuclear weapons to defend Russia, if needed. Those warnings are not just bluster but a very real possibility.
And the escalation of war is visible.
Russia launched 55 missiles strikes across Ukraine Thursday, leaving 11 dead. The strikes come one day after the United States and Germany agreed to send tanks to Ukraine in an effort to aide the country. 47 of the 55 missiles were shot down according to Ukraine’s Air Force command.
Eleven lives were lost and another 11 were injured additionally leaving 35 buildings damaged in the wake of the attacks. According to The New York Times, Denys Shmyhal, said in a post on Telegram. “The main goal is energy facilities, providing Ukrainians with light and heat,” he said.
Ukraine is now demanding that they need F-16 fighter jets. In a post on twitter Ukrainian lawmaker, Oleksiy Goncharenko said, “Missiles again over Ukraine. We need F16.”
Morning. Missiles again over Ukraine. We need F16.
— Oleksiy Goncharenko (@GoncharenkoUa) January 26, 2023
The US has abstained from sending advanced jets in the chances that a volatile decision could foster more dangerous attacks like former President Trump’s post on Truth referred to. If the US did authorize the decision to lend Ukraine the F-16 jets Netherlands’ foreign minister, Wopke Hoekstra, would be willing to supply them. According to The New York Times, Hoekstra told Dutch lawmakers, “We are open-minded… There are no taboos.”
F-16 fighter jets are complex to work on, they are not the average aircraft that can be learned in a matter of weeks. It can take months for pilots to learn how to fly these birds. European and US officials have the concern that Ukrainian forces could potentially use the jets to fly into Russian airspace and launch attacks on Russian soil.
Western allies are trying to avoid such a provocation, because that could lead to nuclear warfare in reference to what Putin has said he would do to defend his country.
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