Former President Trump responded to Russian President Vladimir Putin’s advice on Wednesday that he was ready to use nuclear weapons in Ukraine, saying that the conflict should never have happened and that it could lead to a world war.
Trump said on his social media platform Truth Social that the conflict would not have occurred if he were still in the Oval Office.
“But as I’ve made very clear for some time now, this could now be the Third World War,” he said.
Putin announced in an address to the Russian people on Wednesday that he was calling around 300,000 reservists to provide reinforcements in Ukraine, where his military recently had problems. He accused Western countries of “nuclear blackmail” and threatened to use Russia’s nuclear weapons.
“It’s not a bluff. And those who try to blackmail us with nuclear weapons should know that the weather vane can turn and point at them,” Putin said.
Since the start of the extensive invasion of Ukraine in February, the Russian president has repeatedly threatened the use of nuclear weapons.
John Kirby, spokesman for the White House National Security Council, told ABC’s “Good Morning America” in response to Putin’s comments that the United States would take Putin’s threat seriously.
Ukraine regained control of thousands of square kilometers of its territory as part of a counteroffensive this month.