Former President Donald Trump came out on Wednesday and referred to the war between Russia and Ukraine a “holocaust,” and then made a call for an end to all the killing that is happening right now, stating that things are escalating because the U.S. and President Joe Biden are “no longer respected.”
He then stated, in an interview conducted with Fox Business host Maria Bartiromo, that the time is right to try and work out some kind of deal with Russia in order to bring the hostilities to an end, as that country has “gotten in deeper than they thought possible” with Ukraine’s very strong defense forces.
“This is a horrible thing that is happening,” the former president said. “You are witnessing it, seeing it every night.”
Ukraine has been able to stand up to its much-larger neighbor, in part, because of the weapons provided through his administration, Trump added, meaning that a peace deal could be worked out with Russia, which is “not looking so good.”
“You have to work out a deal,” he went on to say during the interview. “They have to stop killing these people … but they don’t respect the United States, and the United States, they aren’t doing anything about it.”
But the United States is spending billions of dollars every day buying Russian oil, rather than opening its capabilities, and that is funding Russia’s efforts, said Trump.
“You stop buying their oil, and that will do it,” said the former president. “We don’t need oil from these other countries. These countries are not our friends. We don’t need oil from them. The biggest advantage we have over China is the fact they don’t have oil. We do. It is liquid gold under our feet.”
Meanwhile, Trump said he feels “somewhat vindicated” with Germany’s decision to send weapons to Ukraine and to pay more into NATO.
“I got them to pay $430 billion,” remarked Trump. “When I first went, my first meeting at NATO … they weren’t paying, 20 out of 28 countries were not current. Many were totally delinquent, I said, If you don’t pay we are not going to defend you. I took a lot of heat for that, but guess what? Everybody paid.”
Biden’s “weak statements” also spurred Russia to attack, said Trump.
“He said we will never fight them,” the former president added. “Whether fighting or not, you don’t say that publicly.”
He’s right on the money. You don’t tell someone who is threatening to nuke your country and the rest of the world that you won’t fight them while they are attacking another country. That is pure weakness that emboldens Russia to continue using threats like this to keep the world at bay while Putin does what he wants.