August 8, 2022


  • Swapping Viktor Bout for Brittney Griner ‘doesn’t appear to be an excellent commerce’: Trump
  • Griner was arrested at a Moscow airport in February for carrying hashish oil in her baggage 
  • Bout is accused of promoting weaponry to Al Qaeda and the Taliban

Former President Donald Trump has slammed the Biden administration’s plan to trade a Russian arms supplier for the discharge of WNBA participant Brittney Griner, calling the American basketball star a “probably spoiled particular person.”

Talking on the Clay Travis & Buck Sexton Present on Friday, Trump stated swapping Russian arms supplier Viktor Bout for the liberty of Griner and detained former U.S. Marine Paul Wheeler “doesn’t appear to be an excellent commerce.”

“She knew you don’t go in there loaded up with medication, and he or she admitted it. I assume she admitted it with out an excessive amount of drive as a result of it’s what it’s, and it definitely doesn’t appear to be an excellent commerce, does it?” Trump stated. “He’s completely one of many worst on this planet, and he’s gonna be given his freedom as a result of a probably spoiled particular person goes into Russia loaded up with medication.”

Griner, a two-time Olympic gold medalist, has been detained in Russia since February when authorities in Moscow discovered vape cartridges containing hashish oil in her baggage. Hashish is taken into account unlawful in Russia. 

Griner, who pleaded responsible earlier this month, stated she had a prescription for medical marijuana to assist with the ache. The American basketball star argued that an interpreter did not translate most of what authorities had been telling her whereas she was detained on the Sheremetyevo Worldwide Airport. She additionally famous that authorities on the airport had her signal paperwork with out a proof about what the papers had been for. 

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“Translations weren’t superb. I keep in mind one time seeing a stack of papers that he was purported to switch to me, and he checked out me for a short second, and his precise phrases had been mainly, ‘You’re responsible,’” Griner stated in a sworn statement.

Bout, who is called the “Service provider of Loss of life,” is presently serving a 25-year jail sentence for conspiracy to kill Individuals, conspiracy to ship anti-aircraft missiles and aiding a terrorist group. He’s accused of promoting weapons to Al Qaeda and the Taliban, amongst different issues, in response to the New York Occasions.

Bout was arrested in 2008 in a sting operation the place he was getting ready to supply informants for the Drug Enforcement Administration posing as members of the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia with $20 million value of weaponry. The U.S. classifies the group as a narco-terrorist group. 

WNBA star and two-time Olympic gold medalist Brittney Griner sits in a cage at a courtroom room previous to a listening to, in Khimki, outdoors Moscow, Russia, July 27, 2022. Alexander Zemlianichenko/Pool through REUTERS Picture: Reuters / POOL

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