Former President Donald Trump is blasting the Biden administration for not holding Russian President Vladimir Putin at bay, possibly putting the world on the brink of a nuclear World War III.
"President Putin of Russia is now threatening the use of nuclear weapons, saying 'it is not a bluff,'" Trump wrote Wednesday on Truth Social. "The Ukrainian conflict should never have happened, and would not have happened if I were President. But as I have made very clear for quite some time, this could now end up being World War III."
Trump's statement comes after Putin called for the first mobilization of reservists in Russia since World War II. Putin, in a seven-minute televised address to the nation, also warned the West he is not bluffing about using everything at his disposal to protect Russia — an apparent reference to his nuclear arsenal.
Putin has previously told the West not to back Russia against the wall and has rebuked NATO countries for supplying weapons to Ukraine.
Putin's address coincided with President Joe Biden's address to the United Nations General Assembly (UNGA) on Wednesday, where Biden said Russia has "shamelessly violated the core tenets" of the U.N. charter with its "brutal, needless war" in Ukraine.
Delivering a forceful condemnation of Russia's invasion to the international body, Biden said reports of Russian abuses against civilians in Ukraine "should make your blood run cold." He also said Putin's new nuclear threats against Europe showed "reckless disregard" for his nation's responsibilities as a signatory of the Treaty on the Non-Proliferation of Nuclear Weapons.
"We will stand in solidarity against Russia’s aggression; period," Biden told the UNGA.
Information from The Associated Press was used in this report.
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