Former President Donald Trump, who has worked closely with Russian President Vladimir Putin and Chinese President Xi Jinping for more than four years, considers them “twin sisters” and claims that China wants Taiwan “equally badly.”
“By the way, China is going to be the next,” Trump said on “The Clay Travis and Buck Sexton Show” on Tuesday morning. Upon being queried as to whether he actually believes China is planning an invasion of Taiwan, Trump responds emphatically: “Oh, absolutely.”
“They wouldn’t have done it with me,” Trump stated emphatically. “They were going to wait until after the Olympics to do so. Take a look at your stopwatch now that the Olympics are finished, don’t you think?
“No, [Xi] is also interested in it. It’s almost as if you had twin sisters right now – because you have one who wants Taiwan as desperately as you do, and the other who wants Taiwan as badly as you do.”
In his inaugural address, Trump said he was able to prevent Putin from invading Ukraine during his administration, if only through sheer force of will.
President Donald Trump claimed Monday that Russian President Vladimir Putin was behaving “a little differently,” following his bold declaration that significant areas of Ukraine had declared themselves “independent.” “I believe he recognizes this as an opportunity. I was well aware that he had a strong desire for Ukraine. I used to have a conversation with him about it.
“‘I told you you couldn’t do it. This is something you aren’t going to do.’
“But I could tell he was interested in it. I used to approach him with the question. We used to spend a lot of time talking about it. In terms of the chats that we had, it’s likely that no one knows him better than we do.”
Taiwan, like Ukraine, is not a member of NATO, but the United States Code specifies that “Taiwan shall be considered as if it were designated as a major non-NATO ally” in certain circumstances.
Trump, on the other hand, has been a vocal opponent of NATO, much like Putin.
In a tweet on Tuesday, President Donald Trump stated, “Look at NATO, I called it the paper tiger — as soon as a crisis arises, you are going to have folks who pull away.”
“And I was successful in getting them to pay $400 billion. We were one of eight countries out of a total of 28 that had paid up, including the United States. We had been compensated. We had more than enough money to cover our expenses. We were bridging the gap between the two.”
Trump talked on his dealings with NATO countries, telling the audience how he was able to bring in billions of dollars during his term.
In other words, “‘Do you mean to tell us that you will not defend us if we don’t pay up?” Trump recalled being asked the question and said he responded as follows: “To be clear, we will not protect you if your account has not been settled.