Former President Donald Trump stated that he is most concerned about the geopolitical tensions surrounding Ukraine and Taiwan, claiming that “we might end up in World War III” and that the fight could become nuclear.
During an interview on “Cats at Night” on September 27, Trump was questioned about his primary issues and what keeps him “awake at night.”
The former president said, “More than anything else, I think we could end up in World War III.”
He said World War III could be sparked by “all of the horrible things that took place in Ukraine,” adding that it “looks like it’s going to happen in China with Taiwan … you see what’s going on over there.”
China’s communist dictatorship has recently increased its military threat towards Taiwan, which Beijing considers its own territory to be taken by force if necessary.
“China has acted increasingly aggressively when it comes to Taiwan,” U.S. Secretary of State Antony Blinken said in a recent interview, according to CBS News. “That poses a threat to peace and stability in the entire region.”
Despite the fact that the United States severed formal diplomatic ties with Taiwan in 1979 and shifted recognition to Beijing under the “One China” policy, Washington maintains a healthy unofficial connection with Taipei and is legally obligated to equip it with the requisite defensive armaments.
As Ukrainian forces began a significant counteroffensive, tensions in Ukraine worsened, causing Russian President Vladimir Putin to deploy additional soldiers and indicate in a speech on September 21 that Moscow was prepared to use nuclear weapons in the fight.
Trump responded on Putin’s words and the nuclear threat in his interview.
Trump stated, “I believe we are living in the most dangerous era in many decades, if not ever,” due to the potency of nuclear weapons.
“For a major nation that’s equal with us on nuclear power to be throwing around the word cavalierly, like nuclear, is a very bad time. A very bad time for this country and a very bad and a very dangerous time for the world,” Trump warned.
Trump stated once again that if he had remained in office, Putin would not have sent his forces into Ukraine.
“I got along with him very well. I spoke to him. I understood him,” Trump said of Putin. “He understood me, probably. But I understood him well, and he would have never done it.”