Desantis has determined to make his foreign policy bones by declaring against Australia:
Australia has purchased a death rate 1/50th [Ed] that of Florida dearly; it’s lockdown policies have been significantly more aggressive than those of the United States, and probably more aggressive that I personally would prefer. But one of the consequences of democratic governance is that different people will have different preferences, those preferences will be manifested in different governing coalitions, and changes in those preferences will result in changes in government. To suggest that the United States ought to downgrade its relations with Australia because Australia has embarked on a more cautious policy towards COVID is nothing but rank idiocy. As such, it is likely that Desantis’ decision to make his foreign policy conform with his domestic policy will boost his chances in the 2024 GOP primary.