Former President Donald Trump on Tuesday urged greater U.S. involvement in the Russia-Ukraine war, saying “we should be helping [Ukraine] survive.”
Trump appears to be aligning with most Republicans on the war, thereby putting himself uncharacteristically at odds with Tucker Carlson conservatives.
WHAT TRUMP SAID
Trump expressed unwavering support for Ukraine in an interview with Fox Business’ Stuart Varney and condemned Vladimir Putin, saying the Russian president is killing “tens of thousands of people. Far more than they’re reporting.”
Asked what the U.S. should do to aid the Ukrainians, Trump suggested going beyond weapons shipments without regard for Putin’s nuclear saber-rattling.
- “And we say, ‘Oh, [Putin’s] a nuclear power.’ But we’re a greater nuclear power.” Trump told Varney. “We have the greatest submarines in the world, the most powerful machines ever built.”
- “You should say, ‘Look, you mention that word one more time, we’re going to send them over and we’ll be coasting back and forth, up and down your coast,” Trump said, referring to “nuclear.” “You can’t let this tragedy continue. You can’t let these thousands of people die.”
- Trump also accused President Biden of showing weakness in his handling of the Russia-Ukraine crisis, saying the war “would have never started” if he were still in the White House.
Carlson has controversially used his popular Fox News talk shows to criticize America’s escalating confrontation of Russia over the invasion of Ukraine, warning of the economic costs and the threat of nuclear war.
- Meanwhile, eight House Republicans, including Reps. Marjorie Taylor Greene of Georgia and Lauren Boebert of Colorado, voted Thursday against a bill that would end normal trade relations with Russia in response to its invasion of Ukraine.
- J.D. Vance, a pro-Trump GOP Senate candidate in Ohio, caught flak for saying last month: “I don’t really care what happens to Ukraine one way or another.”
According to recent polls, most Republicans agree with Trump, not Tucker, when it comes to America’s Russia policy.
- A Washington Post-ABC poll last month found that 58% of Republicans support sanctioning Russia, even if it means higher energy prices in the U.S.
- 76% of GOP voters back a recent U.S. ban on Russian gas and oil imports, per a Monmouth University Poll released last week.
- The same poll showed 65% of Republicans think the United States should send troops to support our European allies as a deterrent to keep Russia from invading those countries.
Trump won the 2016 presidential election in part by bashing the Iraq war as a historic mistake and pledging to end America’s “forever wars.”