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DeSantis warns Biden’s deployment of US troops amid Israel conflict could make them ‘sitting ducks’

Florida Republican Gov. Ron DeSantis took issue with President Biden’s tact of sending detachments of U.S. troops to the Middle East amid the Hamas invasion of Israel, saying the numbers of troops are too small to be effective but large enough to be a target of America’s enemies.

While Vice President Kamala Harris recently said the administration has “absolutely no intention” to deploy troops to fight in Israel or Gaza, several hundred have been deployed elsewhere and about 2,000 were reportedly told to prepare for potential deployment earlier this month.

The Pentagon has said there have been 27 attacks against American troops in the Mideast in October.

DeSantis told FOX News on Tuesday that the U.S. taken ineffective actions against Iran – the suspected sponsor of Hamas terror – in that the response to attacks on U.S. servicemembers has been “abysmal.”

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He called on Biden to explain specifically what U.S. troops are doing there, and what their objective is.

With former South Carolina Gov. Nikki Haley gaining-on or surpassing him in 2024 GOP presidential polls, DeSantis said he has been clearer than her and other candidates on the Israel war, as well as firmly against accepting Gazan refugees into the U.S.

He also said he respects former Vice President Mike Pence, who bowed out of the contest this week.

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He joined Fox News in 2013 as a writer and production assistant. 

Charles covers media, politics and culture for Fox News Digital.

Charles is a Pennsylvania native and graduated from Temple University with a B.A. in Broadcast Journalism. Story tips can be sent to charles.creitz@fox.com.

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