In an exclusive interview with Fox News host Harris Faulkner, President Donald Trump sent a clear message to officials in Washington State amid violent riots in Seattle sparked by anarchist-militant groups, saying he will take action if they don’t.
“If there were more toughness, it wouldn’t have the kind of devastation that you had in Minneapolis and then Seattle, Trump explained. “I mean let’s see what’s going on in Seattle. I will tell you if they don’t straighten that situation out, we’re going to straighten it out.”
He added, “What I mean is very simple: we’re not gonna let Seattle be occupied by anarchists. And I’m not calling them protestors.”
— Curtis Houck (@CurtisHouck) June 12, 2020
Anarchists took control of an area of the city earlier this week declaring it free of police, an “autonomous zone.” The Seattle Police Department and its Democrat lawmakers gave up the area to the anarchist groups, including Antifa.
“We’re not gonna let this happen in Seattle. If we have to go in, we’re gonna go in,” Trump said, adding that the State’s Governor Jay Inslee has National Guard troops available if need be.
“One way or another it’s gonna get done. These people are not gonna occupy a major portion of a great city,” Trump concluded.
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Trump: Tanks to Ukraine could escalate to use of ‘NUKES’
Former President Donald Trump stated bluntly on Truth Social, “FIRST COME THE TANKS, THEN COME THE NUKES. Get this crazy war ended, NOW. So easy to do!”
Trump was referring to the escalation of war in Ukraine. He, like many other commentators and lawmakers, are warning that the decision to continue sending weapons – and now tanks – could potentially lead to the use of “nuclear weapons.”
It’s mission creep and it’s dangerous, they say.
Why? Because Russian President Valdimir Putin has indicated in two different speeches that he would use nuclear weapons to defend Russia, if needed. Those warnings are not just bluster but a very real possibility.
And the escalation of war is visible.
Russia launched 55 missiles strikes across Ukraine Thursday, leaving 11 dead. The strikes come one day after the United States and Germany agreed to send tanks to Ukraine in an effort to aide the country. 47 of the 55 missiles were shot down according to Ukraine’s Air Force command.
Eleven lives were lost and another 11 were injured additionally leaving 35 buildings damaged in the wake of the attacks. According to The New York Times, Denys Shmyhal, said in a post on Telegram. “The main goal is energy facilities, providing Ukrainians with light and heat,” he said.
Ukraine is now demanding that they need F-16 fighter jets. In a post on twitter Ukrainian lawmaker, Oleksiy Goncharenko said, “Missiles again over Ukraine. We need F16.”
Morning. Missiles again over Ukraine. We need F16.
— Oleksiy Goncharenko (@GoncharenkoUa) January 26, 2023
The US has abstained from sending advanced jets in the chances that a volatile decision could foster more dangerous attacks like former President Trump’s post on Truth referred to. If the US did authorize the decision to lend Ukraine the F-16 jets Netherlands’ foreign minister, Wopke Hoekstra, would be willing to supply them. According to The New York Times, Hoekstra told Dutch lawmakers, “We are open-minded… There are no taboos.”
F-16 fighter jets are complex to work on, they are not the average aircraft that can be learned in a matter of weeks. It can take months for pilots to learn how to fly these birds. European and US officials have the concern that Ukrainian forces could potentially use the jets to fly into Russian airspace and launch attacks on Russian soil.
Western allies are trying to avoid such a provocation, because that could lead to nuclear warfare in reference to what Putin has said he would do to defend his country.
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