Trump says Brittany Griner prisoner swap for Victor bout doesn’t sound like a ‘good business’

Former President Donald Trump suggested that a proposed prisoner swap between Russia and the United States that would return jailed WNBA star Brittany Griner in exchange for a Russian arms dealer “doesn’t seem like a very good business.”

“She knew you didn’t go out there full of drugs, and she accepted it,” Trump told the Clay Travis & Buck Sexton Show. “I think he accepted it without too much force because that’s what it is, and it certainly doesn’t sound like a very good trade, right? He’s absolutely one of the worst people in the world, And he will be given his freedom because a potentially bad person gets drugged in Russia.”

Trump was referring to reports that the United States is attempting to secure the release of Griner and former U.S. Marine Paul Whelan in exchange for the Russian arms dealer Victor Bout, who is known to have died. “Play with other’s life” Because of his arms sales that fueled deadly conflicts around the world.

“She went there into a hostile area laden with drugs, where they are very cautious about drugs,” Trump said. “He doesn’t like drugs. And she got caught. And now we’re gonna take her out — and she makes, you know, a lot of money, I guess. We’re going to call her an absolute killer and the biggest arms dealers in the world.” Killed many Americans. Killed many people.”

Former President Donald Trump said a proposed trade involving Brittany Griner would not be a “good fit” for Russia’s arms dealer Victor Bout.
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Russian Foreign Ministry spokeswoman Maria Zakharova said earlier this week that the Kremlin and US officials were engaged in talks, “so far with no concrete results.”

“We proceed from the belief that the interests of both sides should be taken into account during negotiations,” she said.

Griner was the WNBA champion and two-time Olympic gold medalist arrested in russia In February when customs officials found “vapes” containing hashish oil in his luggage at an airport near Moscow.

Griner, who faces a possible 10-year prison sentence, pleaded guilty earlier this month in a move his legal team says was made “to take full responsibility for his actions.”

Brittany Griner Is Taken To A Court Hearing In Khimki Outside Moscow, Russia, On July 27, 2022.
Brittany Griner is taken to a court hearing in Khimki outside Moscow, Russia, on July 27, 2022.
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Trump’s former Secretary of State Mike Pompeo also suggested earlier this week that the proposed prisoner swap is not a good idea.

“He’s a bad guy. He’s a guy who wanted to kill Americans. This presents a real risk to the United States. There’s a real reason the Russians want to take him home. Offering up is a dangerous precedent,” Pompeo told “America’s Newsroom.”

“It’s not a good business, not the right way forward, and there is likely to be more to it,” Pompeo said.

Russian officials have long pushed for the release of Bout, who is currently serving a 25-year sentence in US prison, who was convicted in 2011 of conspiracy to kill Americans, conspiracy to distribute anti-aircraft missiles and a terrorist. Was convicted of aiding the organization.

Viktor Bout Was Convicted Of Conspiracy To Kill Americans In 2011, But Russian Officials Pushed For His Release.
Viktor Bout was convicted of conspiracy to kill Americans in 2011, but Russian officials pushed for his release.
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He was caught in a sting operation in 2008 at a luxury hotel in Bangkok, Thailand, where he was met by informants from the Drug Enforcement Administration, posing as officers of the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia, which Classified by US officials as a narco. terrorist group.

Prosecutors said the bout group was prepared to provide Worth $20 million “a breathtaking arsenal of weapons—including surface-to-air missiles, machine guns and sniper rifles—with 10 million rounds of ammunition and five tons of plastic explosives.”

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