Former President Donald Trump joined Fox News host Sean Hannity on Wednesday to discuss how President Joe Biden’s European trip is going and the former president did not hold back.
Biden met with Russian President Vladimir Putin on Wednesday, following his controversial move earlier this year to lift sanctions on the Nord Stream 2 pipeline and giving Russia power over the countries that rely on the pipeline for oil.
“I guess the overall is we didn’t get anything. We gave a very big stage to Russia, and we got nothing,” Trump said on “Hannity.”
“We gave up something that was unbelievably valuable. I stopped the pipeline, Nord stream, and that pipeline was stopped. And it was given back, and nothing was gotten for it. And it was just, it was another day,” he added.
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As president, Trump faced unyielding criticism and speculation about his relationship with Russia and its president. He was frequently criticized for being too soft on the country.
This is despite the hundreds of sanctions he imposed on Russian individuals and entities for their roles in aiding Russia’s malign activities. During his term, Trump expelled dozens of diplomats, and closed Russian consulates in Seattle and San Francisco, imposed penalties after Russia’s evasion of sanctions against North Korea, Syria, Iran, and Venezuela, and withdrew from the Intermediate-Range Nuclear Forces (INF) Treaty in an effort to hold Russia accountable for their violations of the agreement.
He also spoke out about Germany and other nations relying on Russian energy and placed sanctions on the Nord Stream 2 pipeline.
The former president concluded his assessment of Biden’s meeting with Putin saying, “I think it was a good day for Russia. I don’t see what we got out of it.”
The press corps, surprisingly, also did not seem to find the meeting particularly effective. CNN White House Correspondent Kaitlan Collins asked Biden as he was exiting the conference why he was “confident” that Putin would change his behavior.
Biden doubled back as soon as he heard the question and, clearly annoyed, he answered, “I’m not confident he’ll change his behavior. What in the hell, what do you do all the time?”
Then, sticking up his finger at Collins as she tried to follow up, he continued, “”When did I say I was confident? Let’s get this straight. I said what will change their behavior is if the rest of the world reacts to them and diminishes their standing in the world. I’m not confident of anything. I’m just stating a fact.”
Collins pushed back, arguing that Putin has never been one to keep his word and he certainly had not changed his behavior in the past.
If actions are any indicator, we already know this is wrong as Putin denied any responsibility on the recent infrastructure and supply chain attacks linked to Russian hackers. He also downplayed human rights abuses.
“How does that amount to a constructive meeting as president?” Collins pressed again.
“If you don’t understand that, you’re in the wrong business,” Biden snapped back before exiting the stage.
BIDEN blowing his top and Harassing a female reporter. At a “diplomatic summit” NOT GOOD JOE. pic.twitter.com/YU9XyPkkNF
— Greg Kelly (@gregkellyusa) June 16, 2021
Biden later apologized for his outburst at Collins, saying he shouldn’t have been a “wise guy.”
“I apologize for having been short. You never ask positive questions,” he said.
Trump told Hannity that while he doesn’t believe the 2020 election was fair, he wants Biden to do well for the country’s sake.
“I don’t want to see a scene like that. I watched that yesterday, I thought it was terrible. It was terrible. Nobody knew what was happening,” he said of Biden’s actions.
Trump also accused Biden of being too soft on trade with Europe saying, “Think of it. We pay for their protection, and they – excuse the word – they screw us on trade, that is the only word that is descriptive enough…they are in many ways worse than China or as bad as China on trade.”
Trump continued, asking, “How many Chevrolets are being sold in Berlin? Not too many. How many Chevrolets are being sold in Paris? Not too many. Maybe none. And yet, we sell their products, their wines, and their cars and their Mercedes and BMW’s and everything else, we sell it all over our country, and all of that was stopping.”
The former president also addressed the phony and since-debunked Russia collusion conspiracy peddled by Democrats and their allies in the media.
“’For five years, from the day I came down the escalator, we have been under investigation, and it turned out to be all false stuff,” he said. “’It was a terrible thing with the Russia, Russia, Russia, which actually made it difficult to deal with Russia. It was a disgrace, an absolute disgrace that it should happen, and it really was dangerous and very bad for our country.”
Trump went on to discuss the country’s recovery from COVID-19 and the push to get children vaccinated.
“I am a big believer in what we did with the vaccine, it is incredible what we did. You see the results. But to have every schoolchild, where is 99.99%, they just don’t – you know, they are just not affected or affected badly, having to receive a vaccine, I think it is something that you should start thinking about because I think it is unnecessary,” he said.
His response follows many new reports of children having adverse reactions, some even suffering fatal responses to the vaccine.
Trump doubled down on his call for China to pay reparations to the world for the fallout from the coronavirus and maintained that the virus’ exposure was a “terrible accident, but it came from a lab.” He does not believe it was deliberately released from the lab.
As the interview came to a close, Trump said the state the country is in is “shocking” but there are solutions.
“’Look, when you talk about a strong military, when you talk about the economy, when you talk about we don’t want inflation, inflation is going to kill the economy. By the way, now you are going to see very soon a big interest rate increase all of a sudden, which is that is step one,” he told Hannity.
He criticized the Biden administration whose policies threaten U.S. energy independence and for the first time, the former president appeared to admit defeat in the 2020 Election.
“’We were supposed to win easily, 64 million votes. We got 75 million votes, and we didn’t win, but let’s see what happens on that,” he said.
Trump, who has yet to confirm at 2024 run, did not table the idea when asked.
“’The fake news does not like talking about it, but the numbers are really incredible, so I’m working to get a lot of good Congresspeople elected. And then, we’ll be making a decision on 2024, but if you look at the numbers, people are liking me more than ever before,” he noted.
Trump pointed to the border crisis, inflation, interest rates, and American energy independence as reasons supporters are hopeful for a 2024 run.
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