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Trump: Putin, Xi planning to ‘do damage’ while ‘I’m sitting here in an icebox’

Former President Trump, speaking Thursday at the end of his day in court in a hush-money criminal trial, said that while Chinese leader Xi Jinping and Russian President Vladimir Putin were sitting “in an icebox,” he was “doing no damage.” He said he was holding talks to “give back.”

“President Xi of China, I know him very well, President Putin of Russia, I know him very well. They’re working together on a plan right now… to get together and do damage, because that’s what they’re ultimately thinking about, do damage, ” Trump said. said in new york.

President Putin arrived in Beijing early Thursday morning local time, marking his first state visit in his new term. Putin and Xi are expected to discuss international issues and celebrate bilateral ties.

His visit comes as Russian forces continue to carry out large-scale offensives in Ukraine. The attack is considered one of the largest since the start of the war, and has resulted in the displacement of thousands of civilians from the northeastern region.

President Xi is concerned about President Putin’s takeover of Ukraine, particularly what it would mean for Taiwan, which China considers part of its territory but has never been under the rule of the Chinese Communist Party. There are reports that this is for a reason. washington post.

Trump pointed to President Xi’s interest in taking over Taiwan and compared it to his own situation.

The former president is under a gag order in the case and has advised caution about what he says about the ongoing trial, but has frequently spoken about the temperature in the Manhattan courtroom, which he has said is kept “intentionally” cool.

“He fully expects to occupy Taiwan. He made such a statement today. It’s a big statement,” President Trump said of Xi Jinping. “And I’m sitting here in the icebox.”

“I’m sitting here listening to cases that even people at CNN and MSDNC say should never have been brought. I’ve been sitting here for nearly four weeks and we still have a long way to go.” he continued.

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