While his detractors criticized his “personality,” it was his personality that prevented the United States from being involved in war for the four years he was in office, according to former President Donald Trump.
Trump was referencing the continuing Russian-Ukraine war, which Biden was unable to prevent but is presently attempting to curb in Europe.
“And you recall this: the phony news media predicted that my personality would lead us into battle. But, in fact, it was my personality that kept us out of war.”
“And it’s been correctly stated that I was the first president in four decades not to involve America in new conflicts. Instead, I brought our troops home from Syria, Iraq, Somalia, and several other countries, and we would have done it very quickly from Afghanistan; we were all set. And you know what? We didn’t lose a single soldier in Afghanistan for 18 months! I spoke with the Taliban’s Abdul [Ghani Baradar]. “Abdul,” I said, “don’t do it.””
“And the fake news said, “Oh, he’s communicating with the Taliban!” Who else am I supposed to talk to?”
In 2020, Biden exploited the hoax that Trump had “colluded” with Russia and the claim that he was too cozy to Russian President Vladimir Putin, arguing that he would be more aggressive on Russia.
Biden refused to impose Trump’s sanctions against the Nord Stream 2 pipeline from Russia to Germany (while terminating the Keystone XL Pipeline from Canada to the United States), maintained New START, and limited lethal weapons shipments to Ukraine.
“There was a real unpredictability about Trump and what he would or wouldn’t do, and that may have, more frequently than people realize, delayed some of Xi Jinping’s plans.” Matt Pottinger, a former Trump foreign policy aide, told the Wall Street Journal in late July.
Trump delivered remarks on a wide range of issues for almost an hour and a half, claiming that he had a hole in one earlier in the day on the golf course.