Former President Donald Trump said he believes China will invade Taiwan sooner rather than later.
After the invasion of Ukraine, Trump said Taiwan was “the next”.
He also praised Chinese leader Xi Jinping for being “a man of high intelligence.”
Former President Donald Trump believes that China may be motivated to invade Taiwan, given what he says is weakness shown by the Biden administration in dealing with the US withdrawal from Afghanistan and Russia’s invasion of Ukraine.
On Wednesday, Trump was asked by Fox Business host Maria Bartiromo if he thought China would invade Taiwan sooner rather than later.
“I do it because they see how stupid the United States is run. They see that our leaders are incompetent. And of course they will do it. It’s their time,” he replied. “They did nothing against Ukraine. They do nothing.”
Trump also aimed at President Joe Biden’s handling of the Ukraine crisis. “Biden made such weak statements at the beginning that Putin said ‘Oh wow, this is my time to go,'” he said.
Since Russia’s invasion began a week ago, the United States and many other Western nations have done so introduced heavy sanctions against Russia, which has hammered the country’s economy. In his State of the Union speech Tuesday, Biden also statedannounced that the United States would close its airspace to Russian aircraft and claimed that Russian President Vladimir Putin “has no idea what is coming.”
“He’s looking at what happened in Afghanistan. The way we pulled out,” Trump said, referring to The United States’ chaotic withdrawal from the country in August.
“And this is his ability to do what he wants to do, which is huge, and he has wanted to do that. And China has wanted to do that for decades,” he added.
On Wednesday, a delegation of former US officials arrived in Taiwan and met President Tsai Ing-wen in Taipei in a demonstration in support of the island.
China has long claimed Taiwan as part of its territory. In January, China’s ambassador to the US Qin gang told NPR that the island represents the “largest tinderbox between China and the United States.”
“If the Taiwanese authorities, encouraged by the United States, continue to go down the path of independence, it will most likely involve China and the United States, the two major countries, in a military conflict,” he told NPR.
Meanwhile, Trump has continued to claim that the Ukrainian crisis would never have happened on his watch for no reason. He has that too slammed the Biden administration for its alleged “stupidity” and “incompetence,” as he puts it led to the Russian invasion.
Trump was sued in 2019 for withholding nearly $ 400 million in vital military aid from Ukraine. While in office, Trump also repeatedly based NATO and raised the possibility that the United States would leave the alliance.
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