Donald Trump has claimed “peace was breaking out all over the world” when he left office in 2020 and that President Biden – rather than President Putin – is “dragging us into World War 3.”

The Republican hopeful for re-election next year, also said if elected he would insist European countries reimburse the US for the costs of the weapons supplied to Ukraine since the start of Russia’s full-scale invasion last year.

In a campaign video released on Tuesday, July 18, he said: “Less than three years ago, I’d fully rebuilt the United States military and steered America into such a strong global position that peace was breaking out all over the world.

“We had peace through strength.

“Twenty-nine months later, the arsenals are empty, the stockpiles are bare, the Treasury is drained, the ranks are being hollowed out, our country has been totally humiliated, and we have a corrupt, compromised president, crooked Joe Biden, who is dragging us into World War III.”

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The four-and-a-half-minute speech makes no mention of Putin and refers to Russia only once, when Trump says the “last thing we should be doing is risking a war with nuclear-armed Russia.”

Trump fails to condemn Russia’s full-scale invasion or blame it for the current situation the US and Ukraine’s Western allies find themselves in and goes on to bemoan the vast amount of weaponry being sent to Kyiv, particularly the vast stockpiles of artillery shells.

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The stark reality is that without very immediate military backing and supplies from the US, Ukraine could lose the war, or at least significantly more territory, the author writes.

Biden accidentally admitted that we are sending cluster bombs to Ukraine because the United States is running out of ammunition,” Trump said.

“I don’t know how that works, but that’s what he said.”

While Trump did spend hundreds of billions of dollars on the US military, he neglects to mention the fact his administration completely failed to predict or prepare for Europe’s largest land war since World War II by, for example, increasing the production of conventional munitions.

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Trump also claimed if re-elected, he would “return to a foreign policy that puts America’s interests first,” adding: “America’s chief interest in Eastern Europe is peace and stability. We want people to stop dying.

“This war should never have happened, but it is long past time to end the senseless death and destruction.

“The numbers are much worse than you’re reading about or hearing about. Many more people are dying than you have any idea about.”

Trump has been widely mocked for his plan to stop Russia’s full-scale invasion of Ukraine, which he has repeatedly said he could achieve “in 24 hours.”

When asked last month how he would go about this, he said, referring to Presidents Putin and Zelensky: “I will get them into a room, and I know an exact way. You tell one ‘You’re not going to get anything unless you make a deal.’ You tell the other one ‘They’re going to get a lot unless you make a deal.’

“And you just sit them, and you put them, and you have to make a determination.”

Although Trump did not say which one was which, his comments appear to suggest he would force Ukraine to accept the loss of territories illegally occupied and annexed by Russian forces with the threat of rewarding President Putin with even more if they refuse to accept his offer.

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In his latest video, Trump also leveled accusations against the European allies of the United States, claiming that they have offered inadequate assistance to Ukraine.

Additionally, the former US leader criticized the Biden administration for its delay in seeking reimbursement for incurred expenses, saying that Biden is “too weak and too disrespected to even ask.”

“In addition, I will ask Europe to reimburse us for the cost of rebuilding the stockpiles sent to Ukraine, which they should be doing now, but Joe Biden is too weak and too disrespected to even ask,” Trump said.

“The fact is that we spent almost 200 billion dollars on helping Ukraine, and Europe has spent just a tiny fraction of that amount,” he added.

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Joseph Swanson
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trump is NO friend to Ukraine.  trump will backstab Ukraine.  trump is working on his "24 hrs. plan" through backdoor deals with russia.  trump's idol reagan did the same...backdoor deal with Iran.  In this case, the better deal will be russia will be allowed to keep ALL current occupied Ukrainian land and Ukraine government will be forced to accept it under trump presidency.

October 2007: trump said Putin’s doing a great job
December 2011: trump praised Putin’s “intelligence” and “no-nonsense way” in his book “Time to Get Tough.”
June 2013: trump wonders if Putin will be his “new best friend”
October 2013: trump says Putin is outsmarting the US
October 2013: Trump says Putin is outsmarting the US
Oct. 11, 2015: trump says they had good ratings together
Nov. 10, 2015: trump reiterates that he and Putin “were stablemates”
Dec. 17, 2015: trump returns Putin’s praise
Dec. 18, 2015: trump defends against allegations Putin has ordered the killings of journalists
Feb. 17, : trump says he’d be “crazy” to disavow Putin’s praise
April 28: trump says maybe they’ll get along
July 29 2023: trump calls for conditioning Ukraine aid on congressional Biden probes.  Ironically enough, trump was impeached already for having blackmailed Ukraine the first time by holding aid.

https://www.cnn.com/2016/07/28/politics/donald-trump-vladimir-putin-quotes/index.html
https://www.cnn.com/interactive/2017/03/politics/trump-putin-russia-timeline/

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Joseph Swanson
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trump's "24 hr. plan" is today's reagan's back door deal with iran regarding release of the hostages and to sink carter's re election,  iran was promised reagan would be elected and offered a better deal. Today's better deal is  that russia will be allowed under trump, to keep Crimea, Donbas, Luhansk, Zaporizhzhia, Melitopol, amd Mariupol.  Biden's re election like Carter will have been sunk...Ukraine destroyed and divided and trump and his demons will be perfectly fine with this.
Quick side note, trump met with reagan when he was a young man and is an admirer of reagan.

American Chris is a russian troll...look at his "source" newsmax...might as well have used rt or the kremlin already.

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American Chris
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Trump comments echo declining American and Congress support for Ukraine. American military leaders complain US generous military supplies to Ukraine are endangering US national security. America has economic problems American voters fear, and all political polls show Trump leading all other candidates for 2024 president election. Ukraine criticizing any American is used as proof America's generous support for Ukraine is a waste.
https://www.newsmax.com/newsmax-tv/alford-congress-ukraine/2023/07/18/id/1127551/

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Reinhardt Wilheim
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Ich war es nicht, der diesen falschen Jack Griffin getrollt hat.

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Para Dox
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from an Australian ... The USA crisis of leadership is tragic for the whole world. Joe Biden, with early-onset dimentia is a superior choice to giggling Kamala Harris and 6-second sound-bite Trump. There is nobody else.

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David
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Trump weaponises misinformation, and inconvenience explanations for allies shortcomings in supporting Ukraine. Trump is also responsible for the dangerously low manufacturing capacity and readiness of the US arms manufacturing industry. .
Eg. Biden inherited a hollowed out US artillery shell production capacity that will take years to bring up to credible war fighting capacity. We see that only a handful of old tanks can be upgraded and delivered within 6 months. Phased out surplus F16s cannot be brought up to flying condition inside a year.
Trump is a total fake, and dangerously manipulative as well as totally incompetent with defence and foreign policy, and has zero understanding of core US long term interests.
For a man that prides his deal making competence he is a total failure at understand what a good defence deal Ukraine is, both financially and geopolitically.

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gavan duffy
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The Democrats are totally into woke ideology . On the other hand the Republicans need a new leader. Ron Desantis would be the best choice and would stand up to Russia.

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Oslo
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Nato wasn't there for the first invasion. This war has evolved since the first months of the second invasion when the Ukrainian resistance fought back with a heroic courage. Don't forget people didn't give them a chance and Nato has been playing catch up since. I really don't care about Trump the Americans need to move on. Plus you can make AMERICA great again your doing it right now thank you for your support by digging deep you are preventing genocide.

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Oslo
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Oh my God what a piece of jerk. America thank you for your support but i don't understand you.

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Joseph Swanson
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trump is mentally ill.  Look, when was the last time his wife was with him in person supporting him?  His kids?  Never.  They know there is something wrong with him, they are embarrassed and his own wife is repulsed by him.
trump had four years to help Ukraine...he did nothing.

James Joros
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@Joseph Swanson,

James Joros
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The only reason the US is supporting Ukraine is due to the corruption and money laundering occurring within the upper echelons of our government

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Joseph Swanson
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trump also fails to bemoan the vast amounts of US tax payer money (billions more than Ukraine) & weaponry given to Taiwan, Israel and other nations for decades and the fact that trump's father in law who was a medium ranking member of the communist party in Slovenia, became a US citizen under his administration and cannot place blame on the criminally insane communist russian government and putin for this war is proof trump is a communist and supporter of communist russia.
Instead, trump blackmailed the UA government and withheld funding then got caught and impeached over it, trump also had a chance to do anything meaningful while being president from 2017 to 2021 regarding Crimea.
trump had his chances to help Ukraine...he failed.

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aldol11
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trump is acting like a teenager, he is getting worse every year

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Paolo
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This guy can give Putin a run for his money when it comes to gaslighting.

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Perry
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A very key comparison: As a canidate prior to the 2016 Presidential Election; Donald Trump promised that he would make Mexico pay for building a southern border wall, and other things.

As President Donald Trump didn't get a single Peso from Mexico for any of that.

Many other things that Donald Trump has promised never happened either.

So, I don't put much stock in what he says.

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Soda
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Yeah, Trump will ask Europe to reimburse us for all the munitions we sent. Right after Mexico sends us the check for the wall. And China pays the tariffs for the goods they sell us (the importers pay the tariff, not the sellers).
But he still gets his money from us…over $151 million that his golf courses charged the US for golf cart, room & food.

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Arthur Turnbull
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Trump had a chance to serve his country in the Vietnam war - but he is a gutless coward and did not serve because his corrupt father found a Doctor to lie and say that he had bone spurs. He is the lowest form of life and his followers are simply ignorant sheep that cannot think for themselves. As for the comment above from Jack Griffin - he is a prime example of the low level intellect of Trump supporters. Slava Ukraini and the United Kingdom will keep supporting you so you can keep greeting the Orcs with Storm Shadows.

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JR
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Can you believe that half of the U.S. voted for this guy? What idiots.

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Grayer
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No worry about anything he says. The jailbird will soon be behind bars.

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Andrew Lockett
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Donnie dumpy trump shouldn't be concerning himself with war in Europe when he has his own existential war to deal with back home, one that ( hopefully ) should see the narcissistic American poohtie " bitch " incarcerated until his last dying breath. The only peace " toxic orange " will render the global community is when he's no longer on this Earth. Three indictments and counting, dumpy dumb!!

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