Former President Donald Trump, the top GOP competitor for the White House in 2024, issued a statement on Friday condemning President Joe Biden’s decision to approve the deployment of up to 3,000 U.S. troops to Europe as “reckless escalation” of the Russia-Ukraine war.
“Joe Biden’s decision to mobilize reserve forces proves that his reckless escalation in Ukraine is straining the U.S. military to the point of disaster. Just last week, Biden shockingly admitted that our arsenals are so badly depleted that the United States is running out of ammunition,” Trump noted. “Now, we see the ranks are growing so thin that reserve troops are being forced to support Biden’s calamitous policy in Europe, while our own borders remain undefended.”
Biden’s authorization allows the Secretary of Defense and the Secretary of Homeland Security to deploy Selected Reserve and Individual Ready Reserve members to active duty in Europe as the United States seeks to increase its military presence in the region.
“Joe Biden can’t even walk up the steps of Air Force One without tripping. The last thing this incompetent administration should be doing is pushing us further toward World War Three,” Trump continued.
“Yet Biden has proclaimed that he will continue sending American treasure and weaponry to fuel endless war in Ukraine for ‘as long as it takes.’ When I am reelected, it will take 24 hours. This conflict must end. Not one American mother or father wants to send their child to die in Eastern Europe. We must have PEACE,” the former president added.
Trump also vowed that, if elected, he will “AGAIN rebuild America’s military and restore the readiness and deterrence that Joe Biden has so dangerously squandered, and I will return to a foreign policy that puts AMERICA FIRST, so that we can once again have PEACE THROUGH STRENGTH.”