Former President Donald Trump, responding to news that Russian President Vladimir Putin had commenced a “special military operation” in Ukraine, said the invasion would never have happened under his administration.
Trump spoke out during a phone interview with Laura Ingraham, Fox News personality.
“This should have never happened. This would not have happened during my administration,” he lamented. “In fact, some people are saying why didn’t this take place over the last four years?”
“It’s a sad thing for the world and the country and a lot of people that will be needlessly killed.”
Trump went on to indicate his relationship with Putin, in which he said he “got along with him fantastically,” would have given him leverage in keeping the Russian President in check.
WATCH: President Trump calls into Fox News as Putin announces “special military operation” in Ukraine.
“This would not have happened during my administration…it didn’t for a very good reason and I’ll explain that to you some day.” pic.twitter.com/V6LLgK4ih5
— Breaking911 (@Breaking911) February 24, 2022
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Trump: Russian Invasion of Ukraine Wouldn’t Have Happened Under Me
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Trump speculated that Putin also saw American weakness when the Biden Administration oversaw Afghanistan’s failed withdrawal.
“He saw the weakness and you know, it really started with the weakness in Afghanistan. The way they pulled out of Afghanistan,” he told Ingraham. “I really believe that’s where he started thinking he could do this.”
Donald Trump Live on @FoxNewsNow, Putin takes Ukraine.
“It started with the weak pullout in Afghanistan. I believe that’s where Putin started to think he could do this.”
He ain’t wrong.
— Peter Stefanovic (@peterstefanovic) February 24, 2022
Trump made a dig at Biden, suggesting that Ingraham, while there were reports of the Russian invasion in Ukraine having begun, was watching the situation closely and would address the nation.
“I don’t think he’s monitoring, I think he is probably sleeping right now,” Trump quipped.
He added that he believes Putin views this as “the weakness and the incompetence and the stupidity of [the Biden] administration.”
If President Trump were still in office…
13 brave men would have escaped death in Afghanistan.
Russia wouldn’t be in control of the world conversation.
There would be no economic collapse.
Gas would not be prohibitive!
Boy, how far we have fallen…
— Kayleigh McEnany (@kayleighmcenany) February 24, 2022
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World at War
Trump claims that what is going on in Ukraine right now would never have occurred if he was in power. War operations that haven’t been seen since the U.S. invasion of Iraq.
Explosions have been heard in Ukraine’s capital of Kyiv since before dawn on Thursday as Russia launched an all-out attack.
A US official told me that we’re currently seeing pre-assault fires. This will continue for several hours. All of Putin’s full force will be on the ground to attack land. There were explosions in Kiev, Odessa and Mariupol. “It’s begun.”
— Jennifer Griffin (@JenGriffinFNC) February 24, 2022
Many are fleeing from the city. According to Ukrainian leadership, around ten civilians were killed and several hundred troops have been killed.
Fox News reporter Steve Harrigan reported live from Kyiv that he heard nearby explosions during an broadcast.
Explosions erupt in Kyiv as Fox News’ Steve Harrigan reports live following Russia’s invasion of Ukraine. pic.twitter.com/CXRHfpG8UZ
— Fox & Friends First (@FoxFriendsFirst) February 24, 2022
Putin issued another chilling warning for the West. This warning is hard to imagine Putin could have given under stronger leadership in America.
“To anyone who would consider interfering from the outside – if you do, you will face consequences greater than any you have faced in history,” he said.
Putin says that anyone who threatens Russia will face unprecedented consequences as global leaders condemn his invasion of Ukraine https://t.co/8xpUvZhsUd (video via @quicktake) pic.twitter.com/wSXrRi3MOH
— Bloomberg (@business) February 24, 2022
The Biden administration insists that they have this unstable situation under control.
Vice President Kamala Harris just days ago insisted that the White House strategy would “absolutely” prevent escalating conflict.
“If Putin has made up his mind, do you feel that this threat that has been looming is really going to deter him?” a reporter asked her.
“Absolut- — we strongly believe — and remember also that the sanctions are a product not only of our perspective as the United States but a shared perspective among our Allies,” a White House transcript reads.
“After telling reporters that “Putin’s made his decision” to invade Ukraine, Kamala Harris says the threat of sanctions will “absolutely” deter him making the decision to invade. pic.twitter.com/VosvJPuR11“
— Republican Women of Mercer County 💪 (@RWOMC) February 21, 2022
Secretary of State Antony Blinken assured less than 48 hours ago that the administration “had a very clear-eyed view of President Putin all along.”
KAMALA HARRIS two days ago: Biden’s strategy will “absolutely” deter Putin.
ANTONY BLINKEN today: “We’ve had a very clear-eyed view of President Putin all along.” pic.twitter.com/fIxoOmgHFo
— RNC Research (@RNCResearch) February 22, 2022
Trump spoke out about inflation and the crisis at the southern border. He also said that none of these disasters could have been prevented by his leadership.
“As an American, I am angry and saddened,” he said.
“They are destroying our country.”