Former Pres. Donald Trump slammed Pres. Joe Biden this week for imposing “weak sanctions” on Russia while letting it become “extremely rich” with oil prices “tripling and quadrupling.”
“Russia has become very very wealthy during Biden’s time in office, with the oil cost doubling and soon to be tripling and quadrupling. The weak sanctions are minor relative to taking over a country and a huge piece of strategically located land,” Trump said in a statement.
“Now it has started, oil prices are going up higher and higher, and Putin isn’t just getting what he always wanted, but getting richer and richer because of the gas and oil surge,” Trump continued about the high prices Americans are having to pay at the pump.
According to AAA, the national average cost per gallon this week was $3.531, an increase of almost an entire dollar from the past year. Trump blamed the high gas prices not only on Joe Biden’s poor management of foreign policy, but on Pres. Biden’s war on American energy independence.
“The United States was energy independent during Donald Trump’s time in office, an independence that we had never had before, and oil prices would have stayed low,” Trump said. “Now, what a mess our Country is in!”
Trump’s comments come after Joe Biden introduced sanctions on Russia for invading Ukraine. The White House initially didn’t call the invasion this week an “invasion” but changed their mind after many GOP senators kept on pushing Pres. Biden to take a harsher stance against Russia.
Republican Sen. Jim Risch (ID), from the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, said, “[t]his is exactly the kind of action that a lot of us anticipated, and it is 1 step closer to Putin’s obvious goal of destroying Ukraine’s sovereignty. The United States and our allies must immediately apply harsh sanctions that Putin cannot ignore.”
Republican Sen. Tom Cotton (AK) also spoke on the need for tough sanctions. “Pres. Biden’s weak sanctions are completely unequal to this moment. Ukraine is being invaded by Russia now. The time has come for the ‘severe and swift’ sanctions that Biden has threatened for a long time but has refused to impose. There isn’t a minute to lose.”
Republican Sen. Ted Cruz (TX) stated the “U. S. must impose devastating sanctions against Putin’s interests, including mandatory and immediate sanctions permanently ending his Nord Stream 2 pipeline.”
Dems blocked Republicans from executing sanctions last week over fears implementation would lower the United States leverage over Russian Pres. Vladimir Putin. But, sanctions are only 1 measure of many that can be used against Russia. Historically, Russia has been successful at dodging sanctions inflicted by the West.
According to the Congressional Research Center, sanction choices include: “trade embargoes; restrictions on certain imports and exports; denial of loans, investments, and foreign assistance; blocking of foreign assets under the U.S. jurisdiction; and prohibition on economic transactions that include U.S. businesses or citizens.”
Polling shows that only 36% approve of how Biden has handled Russian aggression.