Former President Donald Trump said in a video posted Thursday that Russia wasn’t the biggest threat to the U.S., but rather some of the country’s own citizens, as he went on a screed about battling the ‘establishment.’
‘But the greatest threat to Western civilization today is not Russia, it’s probably more than anything else ourselves and some of the horrible, USA-hating people that represent us,’ Trump said.
Trump, who announced his ambitions to be president again in November, laid out in a three and a half minute video that he believed the Russia-Ukraine conflict needed to be ended ‘immediately’ in order to stop ‘World War III.’
He didn’t specify what peace would look like, though pushed that the ‘entire globalist neocon establishment’ needed to be dismantled, the State Department, ‘defense bureaucracy’ and intelligence services needed to be cleared out and NATO‘s role needed to be reexplored.
‘These globalists want to squander all of America’s strength, blood and treasure, chasing monsters and phantom overseas while keeping us distracted from the havoc they’re creating here at home,’ Trump said. ‘These forces are doing more damage to America than Russia and China could ever have dreamed.’
Former President Donald Trump said in a video posted Thursday that Russia wasn’t the biggest threat to the U.S., but rather some of the country’s own citizens, as he went on a screed about battling the ‘establishment’
In a three and a half minute video, Trump argued that ‘globalists’ were more damaging to the U.S. than Russia and China. Russian leader Vladimir Putin (left) and China’s President Xi Jinping (right) are pictured
He had a laundry list of domestic ills he viewed as more pervasive than any foreign policy woes.
‘It’s the abolition of our national borders. It’s the failure to police our own cities. It’s the destruction of the rule of law from within. It’s the collapsing of the nuclear family and fertility rates, like nobody can believe is happening,’ Trump said.
‘It’s the Marxists who would have us become a Godless nation, worshipping at the altar of race and gender and environment,’ he continued. ‘And it’s the globalist class that has made us totally dependent on China and other foreign countries that basically hate us.’
Trump’s foreign policy diatribe comes as his chief primary rival, Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis – who’s yet to formally announce a 2024 run – took heat from the establishment of the Republican Party for calling the Russia-Ukraine war a mere ‘territorial dispute,’ arguing that supporting the Ukrainians was not in the ‘vital interest’ of the U.S.
DeSantis’ stance was seen as a way for him to emulate Trump, whose ‘America First’ foreign policy stood in contrast with previous Republican presidents and nominees, who were more hawkish about U.S. intervention abroad.
DeSantis, who let his viewpoint on the Ukraine war be known by filling out a survey conducted by Fox’s Tucker Carlson, was almost immediately criticized by 2024 hopeful Nikki Haley, Trump’s former U.N. ambassador.
North Korean leader Kim Jong Un watches a missile test. Trump argued in a video posted Thursday that globalists have Americans ‘chasing monsters and phantom overseas while keeping us distracted from the havoc they’re creating here at home’
A photo released by the official North Korean Central News Agency (KCNA) shows an Intercontinental ballistic missile, identified by the agency as a Hwasongpho-17, launched Thursday by North Korea
Haley laid out the bigger picture in a statement released the next morning.
‘The Russian government is a powerful dictatorship that makes no secret of its hatred of America,’ she said. ‘Unlike other anti-American regimes, it is attempting to brutally expand by force into a neighboring pro-American country. It also regularly threatens other American allies.’
‘America is far better off with a Ukrainian victory than a Russian victory, including avoiding a wider war,’ she continued. ‘If Russia wins, there is no reason to believe it will stop at Ukraine. And if Russia wins, then its closest allies, China and Iran, will become more aggressive.’
Answering the same survey, Trump called Ukraine a ‘vital concern for Europe. But not for the United States.’
‘That is why Europe should be paying far more than we are, or equal,’ he argued.
He also argued that ending the war, which has stretched on for more than a year, was as simple as having the right leader work out a deal.
‘The president must meet with each side, then both sides together, and quickly work out a deal,’ he said. ‘This can be easily done if conducted by the right president.’
In his video message Thursday, he also offered that he was the only person who evict the ‘sick and corrupt establishment.’
‘And I’m the only one who can do it. I’m the only one that can get the job done. I know exactly what has to be done,’ he argued.