Former President Donald Trump just weighed in on the news that President Joe Biden and his administration have made a proposal to swap a Russian arms dealer for WNBA player Brittney Griner.
According to the New York Post, Trump’s opinion is that this would not be “a very good trade.”
Trump weighed in on the situation during a recent appearance on the Clay Travis & Buck Sexton Show.
But, before we get to what the president had to say, let’s just catch you up on the situation.
What’s going on?
Griner finds herself in a Russian prison because she was caught with vape cartridges containing cannabis oil, which is against Russian law. Griner has already admitted to her wrongdoing, and now she is facing up to 10 years in prison.
Griner has been hoping that the United States, under President Joe Biden’s leadership, would bail her out of this mess, and it appears that she is getting her wish – sort of.
Last week, it was reported that the Biden administration had made a “substantial proposal” to Russia. The proposal was a prisoner swap: Griner and Paul Whelan, a corporate security executive from Michigan who is being held by Russia on charges of espionage, in exchange for Victor Bout, a Russian arms dealer known as the “Merchant of Death.”
It remains unclear whether Russia is going to agree to the proposal. But, this is where the situation stands.
Trump weighs in
Trump, on the Clay Travis & Buck Sexton Show, explained why he believes that this would be a bad swap.
She knew you don’t go in there loaded up with drugs, and she admitted it. I assume she admitted it without too much force because it is what it is, and it certainly doesn’t seem like a very good trade, does it? He’s absolutely one of the worst in the world, and he’s gonna be given his freedom because a potentially spoiled person goes into Russia loaded up with drugs.
The former president continued:
She went in there loaded up with drugs into a hostile territory where they’re very vigilant about drugs. They don’t like drugs. And she got caught. And now we’re supposed to get her out — and she makes, you know, a lot of money, I guess. We’re supposed to get her out for an absolute killer and one of the biggest arms dealers in the world. Killed many Americans. Killed many people.
That really does sum the matter up. It’s a bad proposal.