Former President Donald Trump explained earlier this week, that a prisoner swap between Russia and the United States — which would include the return of WNBA player Brittney Griner — was a bad deal since it would free an arms dealer who he described as an “an absolute killer.”
“She knew you don’t go in there loaded up with drugs, and she admitted it,” the former president explained on the Clay Travis & Buck Sexton Show. “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,”
“She went in there loaded up with drugs into a hostile territory where they’re very vigilant about drugs,” he continued. “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,”
Trump added, “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.”
“And he’s gonna get a free card, and we’re gonna get her. 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 Commander-in-chief stated.
Maria Zakharova, a Russian Foreign Ministry spokeswoman, said earlier this week that “there has been no concrete result yet,” adding that the talks for the prisoner exchange should, “proceed from the assumption that interests of both parties should be taken into account during the negotiations.”
Griner, a two-time Olympic gold medalist, has repeatedly lobbied the Biden administration for help in securing her release from Russia, as she faces a 10-year prison sentence after pleading guilty after Russian customs officers found “vapes” containing hashish oil in her luggage, per Fox News.
In exchange for Griner, Russian officials have pushed for the exchange of Viktor Bout, known as the “Merchant of Death,” for arms sales in conflict zones, who was reportedly sentenced to a 25-year sentence in 2011 for conspiracy to kill Americans, conspiracy to deliver anti-aircraft missiles, and aiding a terrorist organization.
While Griner has asked U.S. officials for help, the nation should be cautious as to whom it exchanges to ensure the safe return of one American citizen.
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