Former President Donald Trump targeted President Joe Biden’s competence as war rages in Israel.
Speaking in West Palm Beach, Florida, Trump once again lambasted Biden, accusing him of weakening the country to the extent that Saturday’s Hamas attack against Israel could occur. He contrasted his foreign policy record with Biden’s, particularly in regard to Iran.
Republican presidential candidate former President Donald Trump speaks Wednesday, Oct. 11, 2023, at Palm Beach County Convention Center in West Palm Beach, Fla. (AP Photo/Rebecca Blackwell)
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“Under my leadership, Iran was weak and broke and desperate for love; they wanted love, they were weak, and they were broke!” Trump said. “And now they’re rich as hell. They’ve got hundreds of billions of dollars, and you have a whole new country, and they’re probably 90 days away from having a nuclear weapon. And we have a man who is grossly incompetent, who can’t put two sentences together, and he’s the one that’s leading our nations in talks. In fact, until just a little while ago, he was getting absolutely decimated — he never even mentioned the word Iran in any of his talks, didn’t want to talk about it.”
Trump then contrasted his treatment of hostage situations with Biden’s, blasting the decision to unfreeze $6 billion of Iran’s money in exchange for United States hostages being held there.
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“Now, a terrible precedent was set,” he said. “You know when you start paying for hostages — I got back 58 hostages, including from North Korea, which is tough — we never had to pay a dime because if you have to pay, if you have to pay for hostages, the precedent is set and now we paid, we paid $6 billion for five hostages!”
“Crooked Joe must take back and freeze the $6 billion right now,” Trump continued. “Take it back and freeze it, Joe, freeze it! You, you dumb person. Dumb, dumb, dumb, dumb person. Freeze that money, Joe. He doesn’t know what the hell money I’m talking about. Freeze it, Joe.”