Former President Donald Trump on Wednesday defended his record of governing the country for four years without new wars, and criticized President Joe Biden’s foreign policy as the world watches a war. which has already claimed 2,300 lives in Gaza, which was set on fire by the Hamas attack on Israel.
Trump and other Republicans have tried to blame the Biden administration, particularly citing the release of nearly $6 billion in frozen assets of Iran, a supporter of Hamas. Administration officials insist the money was not spent.
“With the crooked Joe Biden, you have chaos, bloodshed, war, terror and death. Look what’s happening now,” Trump told dozens of supporters in a speech that lasted more than a hour and a half at a convention center in West Palm Beach, Florida.
Biden’s campaign says Trump is pushing dangerous misinformation about the crisis in Israel at a time when the country needs to come together.
“While Trump continues to lie about his record, President Biden is laser-focused on providing consistent support for Israel and leading on the global stage,” Biden campaign spokesman Kevin Munoz said.
Trump spoke to supporters near Mar-a-Lago as he campaigned as the front-runner in the 2024 Republican primary race for the White House, despite four criminal charges against him.
Rep. Matt Gaetz appeared at the event but did not speak. Gaetz is an ally of the Florida congressman who, along with other hard-right conservatives, engineered the ouster of House Speaker Kevin McCarthy. The unprecedented action kept Congress in a partial shutdown.
Trump tried to use the power vacuum to underline his lingering influence in the Republican Party, backing Judiciary Chairman Jim Jordan to replace McCarthy. However, Republicans on Wednesday nominated House majority leader Steve Scalise to take over the job.
Jordan formed a close alliance with the former president, especially during the effort to reverse the results of the 2020 election, which Trump lost to Biden. Two of the cases against Trump, in Washington and Georgia, have ended his efforts to overturn the results.
Trump continued to travel to early primary states and spent much of his time focused on the four criminal indictments and several civil lawsuits he faces.
He is forcing his Republican challengers to drop out of the 2024 primary race to help him defeat Biden. On Tuesday, he criticized GOP candidates for meeting with donors at an event hosted by Utah Sen. Mitt Romney, who unsuccessfully challenged former President Barack Obama in 2012 as the Republican presidential nominee, and Paul Ryan, a former congressman who is the speaker of the House. between 2015 and 2019.
“These failed candidates should start by campaigning effectively, which they haven’t done because they don’t have the skills or the talent,” Trump said on his Truth Social site.
Among the 10 Republicans who challenged him were Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis, once a staunch ally; Mike Pence, his former vice president; and Nikki Haley, who served as ambassador to the United Nations under Trump.