Former President Donald Trump slammed President Joe Biden for previously appearing to promise the start of a world war if Russia invaded Ukraine.
Russian President Vladimir Putin began an unprovoked attack on Ukraine Feb. 24 — less than three weeks after Biden said the U.S. would prevent Nord Stream 2 from becoming operational if Russia invaded Ukraine.
Trump, via Truth Social on Wednesday, shared a transcript of Biden's Feb. 7 comments.
"But how will you do that, exactly, since … the project is in Germany's control?" the president was asked.
"I promise you, we will be able to do that," Biden said.
Trump on Wednesday shared an ABC News transcript, and said of Biden's "promise": "Wow, what a statement. World War III anyone?"
Late last month, Trump blasted the Biden administration for not containing Putin, and for possibly putting the world on the brink of a nuclear World War III.
"President Putin of Russia is now threatening the use of nuclear weapons, saying 'it is not a bluff,' " Trump wrote on Truth Social. "The Ukrainian conflict should never have happened, and would not have happened if I were President. But as I have made very clear for quite some time, this could now end up being World War III."
The Nord Stream 1 pipeline leading from Russia to Europe reported a drop in pressure, only hours after a leak was reported in the Nord Stream 2 pipeline in the Baltic Sea off Denmark, the German economy ministry said.
"We are investigating this incident as well, together with the authorities concerned and the Federal Network Agency," the ministry said in a statement late Monday. "We currently do not know the reason for the drop in pressure."
Leaks in the Nord Stream pipelines from Russia to Europe are a very serious development and highly suspicious, but a full investigation is needed to establish what happened, a Western official said on Wednesday.
The official did not blame Russia for the leaks but said Putin should undo his recent series of escalations over the invasion of Ukraine, especially nuclear rhetoric the official said was "deeply irresponsible."
The Associated Press and Reuters contributed to this story.
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