Former President Donald Trump wished his successor President Biden “good luck” ahead of his upcoming one-on-one summit with Russian President Vladimir Putin but also reminded him not to “fall asleep” during the meeting.
“Good luck to Biden in dealing with President Putin — don’t fall asleep during the meeting, and please give him my warmest regards!” Trump said in an emailed statement sent from his Save America Pac Thursday.
Trump has dubbed Biden “Sleepy Joe” during the 2020 election.
Biden and Putin will have their first meeting next Wednesday in Geneva, Switzerland. The summit between the two leaders will come at the end of Biden’s first foreign trip, capping off his eight-day trip to Europe.
Trump also noted that during his tenure as president, despite the countless fake news on the “Russia Hoax” of the 2016 election, the U.S. was respected by Putin and Russia.
“As President, I had a great and very productive meeting in Helsinki, Finland, with President Putin of Russia. Despite the belated Fake News portrayal of the meeting, the United States won much, including the respect of President Putin and Russia,” Trump said.
However, tensions have risen between Washington and Moscow as Biden refused to take a heavy-handed approach when dealing with Russia amid the latest cyberattacks that have hit U.S. companies and the economy. Biden hasn’t made clear if he will retaliate against Putin for the series of cyberattacks, insisting his Russian counterpart is not challenging him after the biggest hacks so far occurred on the Colonial pipeline last month.
It’s unclear who was responsible for this latest attack. Russian actors have been blamed for the Solarwinds attack last year, one on the Colonial Pipeline last month, and the most recent attack on meat producer JBS USA. Gas and meat prices rose in the wake of the hacks.
Biden’s Secretary of State Antony Blinken said that Biden would warn Putin to answer for the ransomware attacks during the meeting and the action the U.S. preliminary take against Russia if they continue forward with the cyberattacks.
“We would prefer to have a more stable, predictable relationship with Russia. We’ve made that clear. But we’ve made equally clear that if Russia chooses to act aggressively or recklessly toward us or toward our allies and partners, we’ll respond,” Blinken told Axios’ Mike Allen in an interview earlier this week.
“I don’t think we’re going to know after one meeting, but we’ll have some indications, and we’ll see. We’re prepared either way. If Russia chooses to continue reckless and aggressive action – we’re prepared to deal with that, as we have – on the other hand, if it chooses a different course, we’re prepared to engage,” Blinken added.
The former president referenced the FBI’s Russia investigation, which unsuccessfully probed his presidency by accusing him of possibly colluding with Russia and blaming the investigation for impeding his foreign policy.
“Because of the phony Russia, Russia, Russia Hoax, made-up and paid for by the Democrats and Crooked Hillary Clinton, the United States was put at a disadvantage — a disadvantage that was nevertheless overcome by me,” Trump said.
“As to who do I trust, they asked, Russia or our ‘Intelligence’ from the Obama era, meaning people like Comey, McCabe, the two lovers, Brennan, Clapper, and numerous other sleezebags, or Russia, the answer, after all, that has been found out and written, should be obvious. Our government has rarely had such lowlifes as these working for it,” he added.
It’s not yet clear if Biden and Putin will hold a joint press conference in Geneva.