It’s the US, not Russia, that needs new leadership amid Ukraine crisis, ex-president says
Former US President Donald Trump has said he does not want Washington to support regime change in Russia, but would like to see one happen in his own country. He made the comments in response to a questionnaire about the Ukraine crisis that Fox News host Tucker Carlson had sent to both declared and potential Republican candidates for the party’s 2024 presidential nomination.
“We should support regime change in the United States, that’s much more important. The Biden administration is the one that got us into this mess,” Trump replied to one of the questions.
In his response to Carlson, Trump largely reiterated his claims that if he were president, the conflict in Ukraine would not have turned into a shooting war and that he could end it within 24 hours if he were returned to office. . He also unleashed anger on European nations, whom he accused of taking advantage of the US.
“They must pay at least the same as what the US pays to help Ukraine. They must also pay us, retroactively, the difference”, he demanded, arguing that defending Ukraine is a vital interest for the EU but not for the US.
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— Tucker Carlson (@TuckerCarlson) March 14, 2023
With him at the helm in Washington, Kiev should expect “not a little more money to come” as long as its talks with Russian President Vladimir Putin to end hostilities are successful.
Tucker’s Ukraine test asked potential Republican candidates about their views on financing Ukraine, the effectiveness of anti-Russian sanctions, the risk of nuclear escalation and the possibility of toppling the Russian government. Most of those approached responded, with the exception of Trump’s former UN envoy Nikki Haley and his former national security adviser John Bolton, he told viewers on Monday.
Former Vice President Mike Pence appeared to be among the most hawkish on Russia, declaring there was “no room for Putin apologists in the Republican Party” and downplaying the threat of nuclear war as “bullying” by the russian president He accused the Biden administration of being “too slow” to help Ukraine, including “providing military equipment and fighter jets.”
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Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis warned that a policy of regime change from Russia would “neither stop the death and destruction of war” nor put a pro-American leader in the Kremlin. Instead, it “would greatly increase the stakes of the conflict, making the use of nuclear weapons more likely.” He said arming Ukraine with US-made fighter jets or long-range missiles should be taken “off the table”.