The US Republican rifts that could shape the world

Ahead of the 2024 US presidential election, internationalists and isolationists in the GOP camp are split on issues such as Ukraine and Russia, but not on China 

Former US president Donald Trump attending the Conservative Political Action Conference in Maryland on March 4, 2023. PHOTO: REUTERS
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WASHINGTON ⁠– What stood out the most about the Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAC) earlier this month, once considered a mandatory stop for Republican stars embarking on presidential runs, were the absences.

Florida Governor Ron DeSantis, former vice-president Mike Pence and other likely contenders skipped the gathering, which was dominated by former president Donald Trump and allies of his who have espoused conspiracy theories and false claims of election rigging.

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