West News Wire: In a recent interview, the former president praised recent remarks made by Russian President Vladimir Putin endorsing Trump’s campaign promise to put an immediate stop to the war in Ukraine if he is reelected.
Putin recently stated, according to “Meet the Press” anchor Kristen Welker, that Trump “claims he would address all hot issues within several days, including the Ukrainian conflict. We can’t help but be delighted by it.
In an interview that was released on Friday, Trump was asked about the remarks. “I like that he said that because that means what I’m saying is right,” Trump responded. “I would bring him in, I would bring [Ukrainian President] Zelensky in, and I would work out a deal,” she said.
Trump has frequently pledged that he would bring the conflict between Russia and Ukraine to an end in a matter of hours if elected president, something his Republican rivals and Democratic critics have scoffed at and suggested could only happen by ceding to Putin’s demands.
When Welker noted that Russian forces have bombed Ukrainian maternity wards and indiscriminately targeted civilians, Trump said, “it’s all terrible.”
Russia launched an invasion of Ukraine in February 2022. The Biden administration, with bipartisan support in Congress, has provided billions of dollars in military and humanitarian assistance to Ukraine in the months since, with President Biden vowing to stand with Ukraine for as long as it takes to win the war.
Trump has been critical of ongoing U.S. support, and some of his allies in Congress have opposed additional funding for Ukraine.
The former president has faced frequent criticism for his attitude and rhetoric toward Putin.
The conclusion of the intelligence community that Russia meddled in the 2016 U.S. presidential election was repeatedly downplayed by Trump. He has also frequently praised Putin’s intelligence, referring to him as a “genius” for recognising two breakaway territories in eastern Ukraine prior to Russia’s invasion of Ukraine.
When asked if he welcomed Putin’s backing by Welker, Trump emphasised that Russia did not attack Ukraine while he was in office before affirming their “very good relationship.”
“I got along with him really well, and that’s a good thing, not a bad thing,” remarked Trump. “It’s fine to get along. But I managed because of my perseverance. And the conflict would not have taken place. What occurred now is terrible.