Donald Trump suggested during a fundraiser that he would have bombed Moscow in response to Russia’s invasion of Ukraine and attacked Beijing if China invaded Taiwan on his watch, according to a Washington Post report.

The comments surprised some of the donors present at the event.

James Gilmore, who served as Trump’s ambassador to the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe, told reporters in Taiwan earlier this month that Trump is not an isolationist, but that he is simply trying to get allies to place more emphasis on their own defense.

“I believe President Trump will support Taiwan when he becomes president. He was in his first term,” he said, according to Reuters.

China maintains that Taiwan is its own territory, despite objections from the Taiwanese government. The Trump White House supported Taiwan, including through arms sales, which continued under the Biden administration.

Trump has rarely mentioned Ukraine in recent months. Last year, he claimed that he would have the war “resolved” in less than a day.

In February, he wrote in Truth Social: “We should never again give money without the hope of return or without ‘strings attached’.”

In April he said: “As everyone agrees, Ukrainian Survival and Strength should be much more important for Europe than for us, but it is important for us too! MOVE EUROPE!”

Trump praised Chinese leader Xi Jinping in February. In an appearance on Fox News, he was asked if he plans to increase pressure on the trade war with China that he began in his first term.

U.S. President Donald Trump (L) shakes hands with Chinese President Xi Jinping at the end of a press conference in the Great Hall of the People in Beijing, November 9, 2017 ( AFP via Getty Images ).

While he said he does not intend to restart the trade war, he also said he would consider imposing tariffs higher than 60 percent.

“Look, I want China to do great, I do. And I really like President Xi, he was a great friend of mine during my term,” he told Fox.

Earlier this year, Trump said he told European leaders he would tell Russia to do “whatever they want” to countries that don’t spend enough on their own defense.

During a rally in the Bronx last week, Trump referenced several authoritarian leaders, including Russian President Vladimir Putin, saying they were “at the top of their game, whether you like it or not.” “The world will respect us again” if he is re-elected, he said.

The revelation of the “bombshell” was made in a Washington Post report about Trump’s recent fundraising trip, during which he tested “the limits of federal campaign finance laws”, according to experts. At a fundraiser in New York earlier this month, Trump told attendees he wanted to hear what they had in mind, hearing opinions about the former UN ambassador and his last Republican primary opponent, Nikki Haley, and several issues linked to Israel, according to The Publicar.

Trump has routinely promised tax cuts and other policies that will be beneficial to the wealthy donors who participate in his fundraisers. The former president sometimes surprised his own advisers by asking for so much money.

But Trump advisers told the newspaper that the former president often makes similar political promises to major donors behind closed doors as he does in public, and there is no evidence that a specific promise was tied to a specific donation.

“While Joe Biden’s supporters in Hollywood and Silicon Valley withhold their support from Biden’s failed campaign, donors across the country are maximizing their efforts to re-elect President Trump because they realize we cannot allow four more years of terrible policies of Joe Biden,” said a Trump spokesperson. he told the Post.

The Independent contacted the Trump campaign for comment.

Although Trump was reluctant to participate in fundraising during the 2016 campaign, this time the former president played an active role in fundraising. During the 2020 campaign, he reluctantly attended fundraising events, advisers told The Post.

Biden’s campaign raised less money than Trump’s campaign for the first time last month. In April, Biden’s campaign raised more than $51 million, far below the $90 million raised in March.

The amount was also significantly lower than the 76 million dollars raised by the Trump campaign and the Republican Party, after the former president reinforced his effort with the Republican National Committee (RNC) and participated in large fundraisers.

But Democrats still lead Republicans in terms of money, and Biden himself has significantly more money than Trump.

Biden’s campaign reported having $84 million at the end of April, while Trump reported having $49 million.

Via Independent


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