Former President Donald Trump spoke frankly about the implications of a prisoner swap with Russia for two-time American gold medalist, Brittany Griner.
Trump recently appeared on the “Clay Travis & Buck Sexton Show” where he was asked about 31-year-old Griner’s detainment in Russia.“She went in there loaded up with drugs into a hostile territory where they’re very vigilant about drugs. They don’t like drugs, and she got caught,” Trump said.“And, now we’re supposed to get her out, and she makes, you know, a lot of money, I guess. We’re supposed to get her out for an absolute killer and one of the biggest arms dealers in the world. Killed many Americans. Killed many people.”Griner admitted in court to accidentally bringing marijuana that she claims a doctor in the U.S. prescribed to treat pain from old basketball injuries, instead of strong pain pills.“It certainly doesn’t seem like a very good trade, does it? He’s absolutely one of the worst in the world and he’s gonna be given his freedom because a potentially spoiled person goes into Russia loaded up with drugs,” Trump said.Trump was referring to the convicted arms dealer, Viktor Bout–aka –the “Merchant of Death” — who the U.S. has talked about swapping for Griner.Not everyone is against the trade.U.S. Congressman Colin Allred says it’s up to the Russians to accept the deal.“The ball is entirely in the Russian’s court. I think we’ve made a very good offer to them based off what we know what they want,” Allred said.The Congressman did not specifically mention Bout’s name nor offer any specifics of the deal.Griner has been detained since late February … when Russian officials found hashish oil in her bag. She pled guilty and is awaiting her sentence. Brittney faces up to 10 years in prison … unless there’s a prisoner swap.