Former President Donald Trump has issued a warning in response to President Joe Biden’s speculation about a potential “Armageddon” amid Russian President Vladimir Putin’s nuclear war threats.
Trump said at a rally on Sunday in Arizona that the United States should instead be pressing Russia and Ukraine to reach a settlement to prevent a yet worsening of the more than seven-month-old conflict.
“We have to be very smart and very nimble. We have to know what to say, what to do,” Trump cautioned, the news outlet reported. “And we are saying exactly the wrong thing. We’ll end up in a World War III.”
Trump has criticized the Biden administration’s response to Russia’s invasion of Ukraine. His latest salvo came in response to Biden’s statement last week that Putin’s nuclear threats and the threat of “Armageddon” were sparked by Ukraine’s military advances.
“We have not faced the prospect of Armageddon since Kennedy and the Cuban Missile Crisis,” Biden said at a fundraiser, citing the 1962 standoff with the Soviet Union.
Trump insisted there is a way forward to avoid that crisis.
“We must demand immediate negotiation of a peaceful end to the war in Ukraine, or we will end up in World War III and there will never be a war like this,” Trump said at the Mesa, Arizona, rally. “We will never have had a war like this, and that’s all because of stupid people that don’t have a clue. And it’s also because of the kind of weaponry that’s available today.”
“We have a president who is cognitively impaired and in no condition to lead our country,” Trump said. “And is now casually talking about nuclear war with Russia, which would be World War III and far more devastating than any of the previous wars, because of the weaponry that no one even wants to think about or discuss.”
The Washington Examiner reported that both Trump and GOP Senate hopeful Blake Masters took repeated aim at Sen. Mark Kelly, D-Ariz., who has polled ahead in the tight race.
“The first step to restoring public safety is defeating the radical Democrats in November, and that starts with throwing out your extreme senator, a weak man, Mark Kelly,” Trump said. “He’s tried his best to secure the border but, in fact, for the past two years, Mark Kelly has been deciding, and he’s been that deciding 50th vote to rubber stamp every Biden-Pelosi-Schumer bill.”