On the fringes of the Conservative Political Action Conference on Saturday, former President Donald Trump warned that the turmoil in Ukraine following Russia’s incursion might lead to the next “world war.”
In an interview with Fox News Digital, the former president also stated that the Biden administration will need to do “a lot more than sanctions” to deter Russian President Vladimir Putin.
Trump, on the other hand, stated that the conflict “should never have happened.”
“It’s a terrible thing.” It would never have happened in any other environment, and it is what it is,” Trump stated. “But there’s a lot of courage going on, and I believe they’re doing a fantastic job—far more than anyone could have imagined possible.” When asked whether he had a message, he said no.
The United States, Canada, and certain European allies announced further penalties on Russia, including the exclusion of some Russian banks from the SWIFT payment system, prior to the event.
Trump, on the other hand, seemed unimpressed. “I expect they’ll have to do more than simply sanctions,” he continued.
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Trump, on the other hand, stated that the penalties “must be severe and rapid, OK, to use a term, because it is a very powerful punishment, as you know, SWIFT.”
“And if they’re not, I can’t imagine—only it’s a matter of time,” Trump continued. “It’s a pretty heinous thing that’s going on. “This should never have occurred.”
Trump also claimed that he considers Russia’s actions, as well as the US/NATO response thus far, have given China the authority to take Taiwan by force at some point in the future.
The former president then moved his attention to the “process” through which Biden withdrew US troops from Afghanistan, referring to it as a “surrender.”
“We had 13 young people murdered, many of whom were very gravely injured in the bombing and a lot of other ways they got out,” Trump said, alluding to the Marines, US Army soldier, and Navy corpsman killed by a suicide bomber only days before the last evacuation. Furthermore, 18 additional US soldiers were injured, and 150 Afghans were killed.
“I genuinely think that was the most humiliating—one of the lowest times in our country’s history,” Trump added.
“And President Xi and Putin watched that, and I believe they came up with ideas they didn’t have before viewing it, because it was horribly inept.”
When asked if the Ukraine invasion occurred under his presidency, Trump claimed he couldn’t tell “right now.” “Well, I tell you what, I would do things, but the last thing I want to do is say it right now, because if somebody asks me and is in a position to use whatever it is I give them,” Trump stated.