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Former President Donald Trump criticized the response of the current president, Joe Biden, to the Russian-Ukrainian crisis, hours before the Russian military intervention in the neighboring country began.
“In my administration, this would not have happened,” Trump said last night in an interview with journalist Laura Ingraham on Fox News.
In Trump’s view, the Russian president dared to go ahead with his plans because he saw “the weakness” of the United States.
The former Republican leader called the operation launched against Ukraine “terrible.”
“And it’s a very sad thing for the world, for the country, and it’s certainly very sad for a lot of people that are going to be needlessly killed” he added.
So far only the leaders of countries such as Venezuela, Nicaragua, and Cuba have sided with Putin in this crisis, while the rest of the Western world has condemned the intervention and threatened Russia with never-before-seen sanctions if it does not cease its aggression against Ukraine.
On February 22, in a statement, Trump said that if it had been “handled properly” there would have been absolutely no reason for the situation in Ukraine.
“I know Vladimir Putin very well, and he would have never done during the Trump administration what he is doing now, no way!” Trump stressed.
“The weak sanctions are insignificant relative to taking over a country and a massive piece of strategically located land. Now it has begun, oil prices are going higher and higher, and Putin is not only getting what he always wanted, but getting, because of the oil and gas surge, richer and richer,” Trump explained.
Trump took the opportunity to claim that the United States was “energy independent under his administration, an independence we never got before, and oil prices would have stayed low.”