The country has ?never been closer? to nuclear war, the former president claimed, in a video urging a ceasefire in Ukraine
Former US President Donald Trump slammed "globalists" and the American neoconservative establishment in a video posted to his social media accounts on Thursday, declaring that the US and "some of the horrible, USA-hating people that represent us" are the "greatest threat to Western civilization today."
"These globalists want to squander all of America's strength, blood and treasure, chasing monsters and phantoms overseas while keeping us distracted from the havoc they're creating right here at home," the 2024 presidential candidate explained.
Trump warned that the Biden administration has brought the world closer to the brink of nuclear catastrophe than ever before by pouring money and weapons into Ukraine. "Every day this proxy battle continues, we risk global war," he said, arguing that a "total cessation of hostilities" should be the "central issue" for the nation.
The next order of business under a second Trump presidency would be a complete overhaul of the State Department, Pentagon, intelligence services, and other key agencies, to "fire the Deep Staters and put America first" - followed by "fundamentally reevaluating NATO's purpose and NATO's mission."
Trump has long argued for European countries to shoulder more of the costs and responsibilities associated with the military bloc, and recently described the Ukraine conflict as a "vital concern for Europe, but not for the United States."
He reassured his supporters that he is ready to dismantle "the entire globalist neocon establishment that is perpetually dragging us into endless wars pretending to fight for freedom and democracy abroad while they turn us into a third world country, and a third world dictatorship, here at home."
While the 45th president did not name any of the globalists or neocons who have ranked highly on his enemies list since taking office in 2016, he insisted that he alone knows "exactly what to do to get the job done."
Trump is polling neck and neck for the Republican nomination with Florida Governor Ron DeSantis, who has not yet officially declared his 2024 candidacy. DeSantis recently told Fox News host Tucker Carlson that supporting the Ukrainian military is not a "vital interest" of the US. Other presumed Republican candidates, including former UN envoy Nikki Haley and former National Security Advisor John Bolton, have embraced the Biden administration's bottomless aid to Kiev.