Rick Scott argues Russia wouldn’t have downed a U.S. drone if Donald Trump were President
Rick Scott with Donald Trump. Image via AP.

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'This wouldn't have been happening under Trump.'

U.S. Sen. Rick Scott is blaming President Joe Biden for Russia’s recent incident involving an American drone in the Black Sea.

The Senator said on Orlando’s WDBO radio that Tuesday’s collision between the U.S. drone and the Russian fighter jet never would have happened if former President Donald Trump were still in charge.

“Well, I mean, it’s real clear, the Russians don’t respect Joe Biden. They don’t care about Joe Biden, they don’t respect him. They know he’s weak. This wouldn’t have been happening under Trump,” Scott contended.

“This is because we have a weak President,” Scott added, arguing “Ukraine wouldn’t have been invaded.”

Scott claimed further that because the U.S. has a “weak, pacifying President that will never stand up to anybody … we’re going to have all the bad actors in the world go do bad things because we have weak leadership.”

The Senator went on to suggest during Wednesday’s interview that “if you have a strong military, if you have a strong President” then “you won’t have these bad acts.”

“Look at right now in Ukraine,” Scott said. “Nobody wants American troops to go to war. I mean, we don’t want that. But guess what? If we don’t provide Ukraine with lethal weapons, we keep taking our time giving them things, then guess what’s going to happen?”

“It’s just going to go on and on and on,” Scott said, adding that “what Russia has done is all caused by weak leadership.”

Scott’s take on the Ukraine conflict, which seems to suggest giving them more weapons in the proxy war in its second year, conflicts with that of his successor as Governor, whose comments earlier this week stressed a functional equivalence in the “territorial dispute” between Russia and Ukraine.

“While the U.S. has many vital national interests — securing our borders, addressing the crisis of readiness within our military, achieving energy security and independence, and checking the economic, cultural and military power of the Chinese Communist Party — becoming further entangled in a territorial dispute between Ukraine and Russia is not one of them,” Gov. Ron DeSantis said, as reported by Fox News host Tucker Carlson Monday.

A.G. Gancarski

A.G. Gancarski has written for FloridaPolitics.com since 2014. He is based in Northeast Florida. He can be reached at [email protected] or on Twitter: @AGGancarski


  • Ocean Joe

    March 15, 2023 at 10:36 am

    If Trump were president the drone would not have been there.
    A Russian puppet government would already control Ukraine.
    Military aid would have been withheld, as Trump once threatened in an attempt to blackmail the Ukrainian president for dirt on Biden. And in 2024, Trump would break ground on that hotel he was planning to build in Moscow back in 2015.

    • John King

      March 16, 2023 at 1:30 pm

      Joe, you need serious help. Seek it.

  • Indy

    March 15, 2023 at 5:20 pm

    Scott has betrayed his country with these comments. He’s free to do so but he is providing comfort to an enemy.

    • John King

      March 16, 2023 at 1:29 pm

      Could not agree more.

  • Candace Hamilton

    March 16, 2023 at 10:00 am

    Rick Scott and Ron DeSantis are the weak ones. No understanding of global conflicts. Just tax breaks for the wealthy.

    • John King

      March 16, 2023 at 1:28 pm

      Amen, Candace!

  • John King

    March 16, 2023 at 1:27 pm

    Senator Ricky, you are a joke. A very dangerous one. You are ONLY interested in divisive language and actions. Hopefully, in two years, Florida will FIRE YOU..

  • Andrew Linko

    March 16, 2023 at 8:27 pm

    You are right Senator Scott, if Trump were still President there would have been no balloon, as the Putin loving man would have given Putin anything he wanted, Russians would not have had to spy. All while you ogle in amazement!

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