Trump: Brittney Griner prisoner swap for 'service provider of dying' doesn't 'seem like a great alternate' - Fox news

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Former President Donald Trump suggested that the proposed prisoner swap between Russia and the us that could return jailed WNBA superstar Brittney Griner in change for a Russian arms broking "doesn't appear like a superb change."

"She knew you don't go in there loaded up with drugs, and she admitted it," Trump informed the Clay Travis & Buck Sexton reveal. "I anticipate she admitted it devoid of too a good deal drive since it is what it is, and it definitely doesn't appear like a superb trade, does it? He's completely some of the worst on this planet, and he's gonna be given his freedom because a probably spoiled grownup goes into Russia loaded up with drugs."

Trump become regarding reviews that the USA is making an attempt to secure the unencumber of Griner, and former U.S. Marine Paul Whelan, in alternate for Russian palms broking Viktor Bout who is customary because the "merchant of loss of life" due to his weapons income that fueled deadly conflicts worldwide. 

"She went in there loaded up with drugs right into a opposed territory the place they're very vigilant about medicine," Trump introduced. "They don't like medication. and he or she received caught. And now we're purported to get her out — and she or he makes, you be aware of, some huge cash, I guess. We're purported to get her out for an absolute killer and one of the biggest palms buyers on the earth. Killed many americans. Killed many individuals."


American basketball celebrity Brittney Griner returned Wednesday to a Russian court for her drawn-out trial on drug prices that could carry her 10 years in detention center of convicted. (AP photo/Alexander Zemlianichenko, Pool)

Russian international Ministry spokeswoman Maria Zakharova observed earlier this week that whereas the Kremlin and U.S. officers have engaged in talks, "there has been no concrete outcomes yet."

"We proceed from the assumption that interests of each events should be taken under consideration right through the negotiations," she spoke of.

Griner, a WNBA champion and two-time Olympic gold medalist became arrested in Russia in February after customs officers discovered "vapes" containing hashish oil in her baggage at an airport close Moscow. 


WNBA megastar and two-time Olympic gold medalist Brittney Griner holds up a photograph of players from the contemporary all megastar game wearing her number, sitting in a cage at a court docket room in advance of a listening to in the Khimki district courtroom, simply outdoor Moscow, Russia, Friday, July 15, 2022.  (AP photo/Dmitry Serebryakov)

Griner, who faces a potential 10-year reformatory sentence, pleaded guilty past this month in a circulate her felony group says changed into made to "take full accountability for her movements."

Former Trump Secretary of State Mike Pompeo also suggested previous this week that the proposed prisoner swap is not a good idea. 

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"he's a nasty man. he's a guy who wanted to kill american citizens. It gifts a true risk to the us. there may be a real intent the Russians want to get him domestic. To present a alternate like here's a dangerous precedent," Pompeo told "the usa's Newsroom."

"this is now not an outstanding exchange, now not the right path ahead, and it'll possible lead to extra," Pompeo introduced.

Russian officers have long pushed for the liberate of Bout, who's currently serving a 25-year sentence in U.S. penitentiary after being convicted in 2011 of conspiracy to kill americans, conspiracy to deliver anti-aircraft missiles, and helping a terrorist corporation.

Alleged Russian fingers broker Viktor Bout (R) walks past transient cells forward of a listening to on the criminal court in Bangkok on August 20, 2010. (Christophe Archambault/AFP via Getty pictures)

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He became nabbed in 2008 in a sting operation at a luxury inn in Bangkok, Thailand, the place he met with Drug Enforcement Administration informants who had been posing as officers with the modern defense force of Colombia, which has been categorized through U.S. officers as a narco-terrorist neighborhood.

Prosecutors stated that Bout was organized to give the neighborhood with $20 million value of "a breathtaking arsenal of weapons — including a whole bunch of floor-to-air missiles, laptop weapons and sniper rifles — 10 million rounds of ammunition and 5 hundreds plastic explosives."

Fox news' Joshua Q. Nelson contributed to this report.

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