Trump blames Biden for Russia-Ukraine crisis during Michigan rally

The Washington Examiner reports that former President Donald Trump just placed the blame for Russia’s invasion of Ukraine on President Joe Biden. 

Trump did so on Saturday night at a rally he held in Washington Township, Michigan. The rally is part of his “Save America” tour.

“Would never have happened”

At the rally, Trump expressed his opinion that the way Biden botched the withdrawal of U.S. troops from Afghanistan last summer signaled to Russian President Vladimir Putin that he could get away with invading Ukraine.

Referring to Putin, Trump said, “I think that when he saw what happened in Afghanistan, the way we ran . . .”

Trump, here, went on to highlight the tragedy that occurred in Afghanistan under Biden’s watch, namely, the death of thirteen service members.

“We didn’t have one soldier killed there in 18 months,” Trump said. “I said, ‘Abdul [Ghani Baradar — the de facto Taliban leader], there are going to be no more of our soldiers killed.’ Not one person was killed for 18 months and Biden even said that. Then we lost thirteen, but they don’t talk about how horribly so many of them were wounded.”

The former president capped off his point, saying, “This invasion of Ukraine would never have happened if I was in the White House, would never have happened, not ever.”

Trump stumps for the GOP

The overall purpose of Trump’s rally, of course, was to campaign for Republicans – at least pro-Trump Republicans – ahead of the 2022 midterm elections. Trump set the election stage for those in attendance.

“The stakes of this year’s midterm election could not be higher,” Trump said. “I don’t know of a time we’ve ever felt so low, so dejected, and we have a president who has no idea what’s going on.”

Trump continued: “The choice this November is very simple: if you want high crime, high prices, high taxes, high corruption, and high incompetence, vote for radical Democrats. If you want a country that is strong, sovereign, solvent, safe and secure, you must vote for America-first Republicans.”

It really is that simple.

As for 2024, Trump did not announce his candidacy for the U.S. presidency at the rally. He certainly, however, teased it, asking the crowd, “Would anybody like to see me run?”

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