Donald Trump has lashed out at President Joe Biden following the Wagner Group mercenary uprising in Russia, claiming the disaster will benefit China.
In his Truth Social op-ed on Saturday, Trump claimed, without offering evidence, that “Biden will do to Russia whatever President Xi wants China to do.”
He then said again, without evidence, that Biden and his son Hunter “illegally stole large sums of money from both countries, but China is the biggest threat right now.”
Trump, the front-runner for the GOP’s 2024 presidential bid, suggested that the armed insurgency in Russia would offer China an opportunity to seize Russian territory.
“This is China’s hitherto unimaginable opportunity, far greater than Taiwan, which President Xi can expect!” Trump wrote in reference to the Chinese leader’s promise of “national reunification” with the self-governing island.
Trump, the front-runner for the GOP’s 2024 presidential nomination, urged that the armed insurgency in Russia would offer China an opportunity to seize Russian territory.
President Joe Biden boards Marine One with his son Hunter Biden as he departs Andrews Air Force Base on Saturday for Camp David.
Chinese authorities have been limited in commenting on the disaster in Russia, and Chinese state media have largely been defensive, citing official statements from the Kremlin.
Meanwhile, Biden was seen aboard Marine One on Saturday to visit Camp David with son Hunter, who this week agreed to plead guilty to tax evasion.
The Russian mercenaries, superior to Moscow, agreed to show up again to avoid bloodshed, their boss, Yevgeny Prigozhin, said on Saturday.
It marked a de-escalation of what turned out to be a serious problem in President Vladimir Putin’s grip on energy.
The fighters of Wagner’s non-public military forces were only 200 kilometers away from the capital after their return, Prigozhin mentioned.
Ex-convict Prigozhin, 62, was previously a longtime ally of Putin and won lucrative Kremlin catering contracts that earned him the nickname “Putin’s chef.”
He gained attention in the US when he and a dozen different Russian nationals were accused of a covert social media marketing campaign to sow chaos in the run-up to Trump’s 2016 presidential victory.
Last November, Prigozhin publicly boasted that he had tried to interfere in the US election and vowed to continue, a significant change after years of operating under the radar and avoiding scrutiny.
Donald Trump lashed out at President Joe Biden after the Wagner Group mercenary uprising in Russia, claiming the disaster would benefit China
President Joe Biden walks with grandson Beau Biden on Marine One at Andrews Air Force Base
President Joe Biden arrives on Marine One with his grandson Beau Biden and son Hunter Biden
Earlier on Saturday, Biden spoke with his counterparts in Great Britain, France and Germany about the situation in Russia.
British Prime Minister Rishi Sunak, French President Emmanuel Macron and German Chancellor Olaf Scholz joined the decision, based on White House research.
“The leaders discussed the situation in Russia. They also reaffirmed their continued support for Ukraine,” the White House said in a statement.
State Secretary Antonijs Blinken held an additional telephone dialogue with his G7 and EU colleagues on Saturday morning and mentioned the rapidly changing situation in Russia, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs said.
“The US will work closely with allies and partners as the situation evolves,” Blinken tweeted.
Blinken spoke to all his G7 counterparts from Canada, France, Germany, Italy, Japan and the United Kingdom, as well as the EU High Representative for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy, the Foreign Office said.
“Secretary Blinken reiterated that the United States’ support for Ukraine will not change,” State Department spokesman Matthew Miller said in a press release.
A developing story to follow.