Former United States President Donald Trump commented on the heightened tensions at the border between Russia and Ukraine, saying that such a thing “would never have happened under the Trump Administration. Not even a possibility!”
Trump released the statement as the State Department said Sunday it was authorizing the departure of non-essential staff and family members from its embassy in Kyiv and warned that in the event of a Russian invasion its capacity to help Americans in the country would be limited.
Earlier, Trump criticized his successor Joe Biden’s comments on the situation, accusing him of giving Moscow a “green light” to launch military action against Ukraine.
Trump also remarked on Monday that a “really big crowd [is] expected in Texas this weekend” as “the rallies are bigger than ever before” since there is “so much to talk about.”
The Former President will hold a Make America Great Again (MAGA) rally in in Conroe, Texas, north of Houston, on January 29, according to a release from his leadership PAC, Save America.
Trump has held a handful of campaign-style events since leaving the White House last year and the Texas rally will be his second of the month.
His first rally of the year was held on January 15 in Arizona. The state is home to ground zero in the “Stop the Steal” movement’s push to find evidence that the 2020 election was stolen from the former president.
Trump used Arizona’s tally to give a platform to some of the candidates he’s endorsed in the midterms in that state, including Kari Lake who is running for governor. In Texas, Trump has already endorsed Gov. Greg Abbott and Patrick for re-election, among others.
The former president did not, however, reveal whether he plans to run for a second term in 2024. Trump is expected to announce his decision after the 2022 midterms.
With reporting by Politico, Houston Chronicle, The Week