donald trump returns to action in an electoral key, with several open fronts with Justice. The former Republican president offered a televised interview on Tuesday for the first time since he was charged by the Manhattan Prosecutor’s Office, entrusting the exclusivity of the conversation to Tucker Carlson, presenter of the FOX News network.
“I would never withdraw from the electoral race, it is not my thing”Trump forcefully responded to the question of whether he plans to maintain his official candidacy for the presidency for the Republican Party by 2024, despite having been charged and in the face of the possible scenario of being convicted.
Accused of a total of 35 counts of alleged fraud in connection with payments made to porn star Stormy Daniels in exchange for her silence, the Florida-based New York tycoon now faces, for the first time in history for a former US president, a long process awaiting trial, this being the first of several pending cases with Justice.
With other federal investigations underway, Trump’s political future looks increasingly uncertain, especially among his own ranks, who are keeping a prudent distance loaded with intent. The former Republican president, however, again in the eye of the hurricane, take advantage of the media pull to continue campaigning and mobilize his electoral base.
His main strategy continues to be that of “the best defense is a good offense”, focusing his main attention in this regard on his Democratic adversary, the current president of the United States. Joe Biden “is not physically or mentally capable” to run for re-election by participating in the next electoral contest for the presidency.
“It’s not his age, there’s something there that’s not right. I have seen his response today on television about whether he is going to run again, ”Trump explained to the FOX presenter. “You can’t have an easier answer and he gave a long answer, talking about (Easter) eggs, that if this, what if the other… I don’t think I can do it, I don’t see it,” added the tycoon.
In addition, returning to the tone used during his presidency (2017-2021), Donald Trump took advantage of the same interview to criticize some decisions made by the Biden Administration on foreign policy issues, making clear his position of special admiration for what he considers great world leaders, such as Vladimir Putin or Xi Jinpingabout whom he continues to boast of having maintained a good relationship with them from the White House.
Of the president of China, Trump said that “he is a brilliant man”, praising his appearance by stating that “if I went around Hollywood looking for someone to play the role of President Xi, I couldn’t find him. There is no one like that. The looks, the brain, everything.” In the past, he had even come to highlight the excellent relationship between the two, assuring that they “love” each other, as well as the most outstanding features of his former Chinese counterpart, such as his “intelligence” for ruling China “with an iron fist.”
The tycoon also spent part of his interview talking about the Russian president, noting that during his presidency “I was able to see that he loved Ukraine, that he considers it part of his country, part of Russia, but I told him no while I am president.” . Before the final withdrawal of US troops from Afghanistan, the former Republican president is convinced that “Putin would never have entered Ukraine. I talked to him very often about it, but when he saw these idiots, these stupid people…”.
Trump also made headlines in recent hours by requesting that the trial against E. Jean Carroll be delayed, who accuses him of rape. The writer denounced the magnate in a magazine published in the mid-1990s for having sexually assaulted her in a dressing room, an accusation that he always denied. The scheduled date for the trial to begin is next April 25.
But Trump’s lawyers, citing a “deluge of damaging universal media coverage” over the recent indictment against the mogul in his hometown, having turned himself in to authorities last week in a New York court and pleaded “not guilty” to the charges, have requested a two week postponement before the start of the trial.
“President Trump can only receive a fair trial in a calmer media environment than the one created by the New York County district attorney,” his lawyers justified. in reference to Alvin Bradd, the Manhattan prosecutor in charge of the recent Trump indictment. Appearance that was followed, minute by minute, by all the American media and also by a large part of world media attention.