The former president of the United States, Donald Trump, said Sunday that he is not afraid of going to prison in an interview with the host Kristen Welker, of the program "Meet the Press", broadcast by the NBC network.
"I want to know what’s in your head, when you go to bed at night do you worry about going to jail?" Walker asked the former president, in an interview where they discussed various issues, including the war between Ukraine and Russia, the double standard of the justice system and the legal battles he is facing.
"No I don’t really, I don’t even think about it," Trump confidently stated. "I’m built a little differently I guess, because I have had people come up to me and say 'how do you do it, sir? how do you do it?' I don’t even think about it."
Then the former president suggested that his mental strength comes from a love of America, which makes him an enemy of powerful people.
"These are corrupt people that I’m dealing with. They’re destroying the country. I don’t even think about it. All I think about is making our country great, making America great. Look, these are political, these are banana republic indictments. These are third-world indictments.", the former president said.
Does Donald Trump worry about going to jail?
"I don't even think about it," he tells @kwelkernbc.
— NBC News (@NBCNews) September 17, 2023
Trump was also asked about controversial issues, including how he would diplomatically address the Russian invasion of Ukraine to achieve a de-escalation of the conflict.
The former president repeatedly said that the war between Russia and Ukraine would never have happened because of the respect that Putin has for him, and also gave as an example the Chinese president, Xi Jinping, who since Trump left the White House repeatedly hinted at his intention to invade Taiwan.
"Putin has a lot of respect for me. And he wouldn’t have played games. And I told him, 'Don’t ever go in.' And he would never have gone in. This was only after I left that this happened. Likewise, President Xi would never ever be talking about Taiwan the way he’s talking about it right now. And they didn’t. They weren’t talking about it. It was only after I left," Trump said.
The former president then said that to end the war, he would sit Putin down with Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy in a meeting until an agreement was reached.
"I would [Putin] get him into a room. I’d get Zelenskyy into a room. Then I’d bring them together. And I’d have a deal worked out. I would get a deal worked out. It would’ve been a lot easier before it started," Trump said.
The double standard of the justice system
In another part of the conversation, host Walker spoke to Trump about the recent indictment against Hunter Biden on charges related to the purchase of a firearm.
Walker suggested that this indictment would prove, in some way, that the justice system is impartial and does not politically persecute conservatives, as many Republicans, including Trump himself, denounce.
The former president settled the response by explaining that the recent charge against President Joe Biden's son was the only type of accusation that does not affect the Democrat, who is accused by the House Republicans of involvement in Hunter's Shady Dealings Abroad.
"But this is the only charge that doesn’t affect Joe Biden. This was the gun charge. But gun charges are very serious. You know, people have had gun charges and gone to jail for a lot of, a lot of years," Trump said. "So, look, it’s a bad thing. But it’s one of 12, and it’s the one charge that doesn’t affect Joe Biden."
The Speaker of the House of Representatives, Republican Kevin McCarthy, recently announced that he ordered congressional committees to intensify impeachment investigations against Joe Biden in search of evidence proving the alleged crimes attributed to him. Several jurists who participated in other impeachment proceedings agreed with the measure.