More than a year after his exit from the White House, former President Donald Trump remains a formidable presence in politics. This week he again intimated he’s positioning for another run for President.
Trump’s latest declaration was made during a Tuesday podcast interview with Clay Travis and Buck Sexton.
According to the Conservative Brief, “Trump sounded very focused when discussing particular policies, especially the radical ones being implemented under President Joe Biden.”
A confident Trump declared, “We’re coming back… something’s gonna happen.”
Without much prompting, Trump elaborated:
“You take the worst politician in America; I would imagine that that person would be winning. But the polls have been extraordinary: 96% approval rating — and saw one this morning, 98%, but 96% approval rating — in the Republican Party and doing well with independents, doing well with women, doing well with everybody.
And I think a lot of it has to do with the fact that what I said was right. This is a disaster what’s going on, whether it’s Ukraine or the Afghanistan pullout, which I think is the most embarrassing moment in the history of our country.”
“I think that has a lot to do with what’s going on in Ukraine. You look at inflation. You look at all of the different things that are happening so bad for our country. The border. Who could forget the border? Millions of people, not two million or one million, like they say. I say 10 million. Millions of people are bum-rushing our country.”
During the interview, Trump assailed Biden’s handling of what he termed a “deteriorating southern border.”
“I think they know, and I think they see, and you know oftentimes they say, “How could this be a 50-50 party system when you look at no voter ID, defund the police, sanctuary cities, open borders where criminals are allowed to pour in?” When you look at people that can’t even get out of… You know, I got it down. I wanted out of… After 21 years, I wanted out of Afghanistan.”
Trump continued: “We were gonna be out. I got it down to 2,000 we were getting ready to pull them out, but we were pulling them out with very great strength. We were gonna keep Bagram, not because of Afghanistan.
We spent billions building this base, has the biggest and longest runways in the world, and it’s one hour away from where China makes its nuclear weapons. So I was keeping that and keeping it in full force.”
“But I was getting out of Afghanistan, and we would have gotten out with tremendous strength and dignity and power and respect. Instead, we look like we surrendered — and you know we didn’t lose an American soldier in Afghanistan for 18 months.
I had a talk with Abdul, who’s the leader — the current leader also. He was the leader and now he’s the current leader.”
The interview covered a wide range of topics, including mask mandates in schools. On that topic Trump said:
“No. No. I think they should be able to go without masks. I think it should have ended a long time ago — and certainly, with the more serious variants, they weren’t even affected. And this is more contagious but far less serious.”
Trump’s desire to return to the center ring of U.S. and world politics is becoming increasingly clear.
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