Donald Trump draws parallels between the incarceration and execution of Putin's chief adversary and his own criminal charges once again.

Greenville, SC (AP)— Donald Trump again compared his criminal indictments to the case of Russian dissident Alexei Navalny, who died in a remote arctic prison after being imprisoned by Vladimir Putin.

During his appearance on a Fox News Channel town hall that was pre-recorded in front of a live audience in Greenville, South Carolina, President Trump expressed his sorrow at the passing of Navalny, which had been attributed to Putin by President Joe Biden and other Western leaders.

After that, Trump shifted his focus to himself and reiterated his beliefs that the prosecutions against him are motivated by politics, despite the fact that there is no evidence to suggest that Biden or the White House authorized them.

“Navalny is a very sad situation and he’s very brave, he was a very brave guy,” Trump told Fox News Channel's Laura Ingraham. He went back, he could have stayed away, and he probably would have been better off talking from outside the nation than going back in, because people felt it could happen, and it did.

Trump continued by saying that the U.S. is "turning into a communist country in many ways" because to his criminal indictments, which include two instances related to his attempts to reverse his 2020 defeat. He went on to say that it's a bad thing, but it's happening in our country as well.

Trump has stated that he has been indicted four times, and that it is all due to the fact that he is involved in politics. The allegations against me are so ludicrous that they indicted me on them.

He continued by bringing up his recent defeat in a civil fraud lawsuit, when a court in New York condemned Trump to pay $355 million in fines for years of falsely declaring his wealth. Trump has a $454 million debt to the state, including interest.

When asked whether he would post a bond covering the judgment, which is one method he would be able to avoid having to pay the whole amount while he appeals, he did not offer a clear response. He did not provide a clear answer.

Trump made no mention of Putin, continuing his historical policy of not denouncing and often praising the Russian leader. However, his statements come as House Republicans have refused to support Ukraine's defense against Russia's invasion and as many Republicans embrace Russian expansionism.

Putin has lately made it seem as though he would rather have Biden than Trump as president. American intelligence agencies concluded that Russia orchestrated influence operations to help Trump win over Democratic Party opponents in both the 2016 and 2020 elections.

During Tuesday's town hall, Ingraham cut Trump off to ask whether he thought he may end up as a "potential political prisoner" like Navalny. The question was sidestepped by Trump.

Trump's first prolonged statements about Navalny since Russian officials confirmed his death were on Fox's Tuesday afternoon town hall during Ingraham's primetime hour. Four days before Trump faces Nikki Haley in South Carolina's Republican presidential primary, the town hall was held.

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