(Video: Fox News Digital)
Former President Donald Trump was asked Saturday if he had a message for Russian President Vladimir Putin in response to the invasion of Ukraine, and commented on what may happen if President Biden doesn’t take stronger actions against Moscow,
While in attendance at the annual Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAC) in Orlando, FL where he was scheduled to give a speech Saturday night, Trump addressed some of his concerns over the Russian invasion of Ukraine in an interview with Fox News Digital.
“I have no message. I just think it’s a shame that this is going on,” Trump said, when asked what he would tell Putin. “It’s something that should not be going on. Thousands of people, I mean, this can lead to much bigger than this one area. This could lead to a lot of other countries and can lead to world war.”
Trump reiterated his concern about the potential of war on a grander scale and warned how quickly such escalation could take place, “You never think a war is going to come out of it. All of a sudden, you end up in a world war.”
“This is a very dangerous period for our nation, for the country,” Trump reflected, “you look at Ukraine, what’s happening there with all of the people being killed, on all sides, it’s a very sad thing. I hope it stops soon.”
Adding how horrible the situation in Ukraine is and how it shouldn’t have been allowed to happen, nor would ever have happened if he were still in office, Trump took a moment to honor the courage of Ukrainians defending their nation.
“…there’s great bravery being shown, and I think they’re doing one hell of a job-much more so than anybody would have thought possible.”
On the matter of sanctions and the announcement that the United States and NATO allies would be removing specific Russian banks from the SWIFT financial messaging system, a move the alliance had shown reluctance on, Trump stated unequivocally, “They’re going to have to do more than just sanctions, I suspect.”
Trump added that Putin is not overly encumbered by sanctions because he avoids them and “he goes through other countries. He goes to China as an example.”
With regards to China, Trump not only cautioned that they would move against Taiwan like Russia had against Ukraine, but he suggested Chinese President Xi and Putin had been observing Biden’s failures, particularly in Afghanistan, and saw an opportunity to move.
Trump called Biden’s handling of the withdrawal “grossly incompetent” stating, “We had 13 young people that were killed, many that were very badly hurt in the bombing…” after leaving Americans, allies and $85 billion worth of military equipment behind. “I really think that was the most embarrassing – one of the lowest points in the history of our country.”
This is a point that Trump honed in on during his speech for CPAC.
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“The world is always safer when America has a strong president…and you see what happens when you have bad, weak, or incompetent leadership,” Trump said before adding, “The world is always in danger with a weak American president.”
When asked how he would be handling the invasion and what actions he might take to effectively deter China from pursuing similar aggressions, Trump acknowledged that those weren’t matters to be discussed with the media, “But there are things you can do that would be very powerful.”
Trump also made clear that he would be more than willing to offer aid to Biden if help was requested from him, but the current administration is, “stuck in this situation that should not have happened, and we’re going to see how it ends up.”
With his new social media company “TRUTHSocial” launched, Trump concluded the conversation by reiterating that the invasion should never have happened and that established social media platforms may be as much to blame as Biden’s “grossly incompetent” leadership.
“These people,” Trump said of social media executives, “there’s something wrong with them. They’re almost, perhaps, they’re sick. Perhaps they’re deranged” because they allow “stone-cold murderers and thugs and dictators at a very dangerous level” on their platforms but “the President of the United States and other people are not allowed to be on.”
Trump expressed certainty that, “TRUTHSocial is going to be a way of getting out our voice” and “It’s going to be very powerful.”
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