Donald Trump predicts ‘China will be next’, will invade Taiwan

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When discussing the possibility of China invading Taiwan, former President Donald Trump suggested that Chinese President Xi Jinping and Russian President Vladimir Putin were “almost like twin sisters”, and he also hailed Putin as a “genius”. Above, Trump is pictured at a rally in Florence, Arizona on January 15, 2022.
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Former President Donald Trump predicted that China would invade Taiwan after taking inspiration from Russia moving troops to Ukraine.

During a Tuesday interview on the conservative talk radio show The Clay Travis and Buck Sexton Show, Trump has suggested that Chinese President Xi Jinping would follow the lead of his “twin sister” Russian President Vladimir Putin in staging an invasion of the disputed island. The former president insisted that Russia would “never” invade Ukraine under his presidency, while suggesting that Putin and Xi sensed weakness in President Joe Biden.

“China will be next” noted Asset. “Absolutely. Not with me, they wouldn’t have… They’re waiting until the end of the Olympics. Now that the Olympics are over, and look at your stopwatch, right? No, he wants it’s just like… It’s almost like twin sisters here.”

“Because you have one who wants Taiwan, I think, just as badly,” he continued. “Someone said, ‘Who wants more?’ I probably think so badly, but no, Putin would never have done it, and Xi would never have done it. [during the Trump administration].”

Trump said Putin was believed to view the Biden administration as an “opportunity” to invade Ukraine, while crediting his close relationship with the Russian president for the lack of inroads during his presidency.

“I think he sees this opportunity,” Trump said. “I knew he still wanted Ukraine. I used to talk to him about it. I said, ‘You can’t do it. You’re not going to do it.’ But I could see he wanted it. We talked about it a lot.”

“I think probably no one knows him better in terms of the talks we’re having or having this morning,” he added. “So I knew him very well. I got to know him. I got to know President Xi.”

The former president also hailed Putin as a ‘genius’ for taking the ‘wise’ decision to declare the independence of the so-called people’s republics of Donetsk and Luhansk as a pretext to move in ‘peacekeeping’ troops. in Ukraine.

Jen Psaki, White House Press Secretary noted that the Biden administration would “try not to take the advice of anyone who praises President Putin and his military strategy” when asked about Trump’s comments at a press conference on Tuesday.

China has a close relationship with Russia and has so far offered only lukewarm criticism of Putin’s moves toward Ukraine. China did not join in a collective rebuke of Russia at an emergency meeting of the United Nations Security Council, instead calling for restraint and diplomacy without mentioning troop movements.

While Taiwan has been autonomous since 1949, China seeks to “reunite” with the democratic island and has never ruled out a military takeover.

However, relatively few Taiwan residents seem to believe a takeover is imminent, regardless of the situation in Ukraine, and China has recently stepped up military shows of force near the island.

A Taiwanese public opinion foundation survey published on Tuesday found that 63% of Taiwan residents did not think Russia invading Ukraine would lead to a Chinese invasion, while only 27% said they thought it would.

Newsweek contacted the Chinese Embassy in Washington, DC, and Trump’s office for comment.

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