Former President Donald Trump outlined a new foreign policy objective over the weekend, this one aimed at ending the murderous stalemate between Russia and Ukraine.
Trump has vowed to provide Ukraine with “more” weapons “than they’ve ever received” on his first day in office if Russian President Vladimir Putin refuses to adhere to cease-fire conditions. Trump explained in an interview with Fox News host Maria Bartiromo how he intended to end the war within 24 hours of assuming office.
Trump began by praising Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy as being “very honorable” because “when they asked him about the perfect phone call that I made, he said it was indeed, he said it was, he didn’t even know what they were talking about. He could have grandstanded —”
Bartiromo cut in, however, and said, “That’s not going to be enough for Putin to stop bombing Ukraine.”
“I know Zelensky very well, and I know Putin very well, even better. And I had a good relationship, very good, with both of them. I would tell Zelensky, no more. You got to make a deal,” Trump said. “I would tell Putin, if you don’t make a deal, we’re going to give him a lot. We’re going to them more than they ever got if we have to. I will have the deal done in one day. One day.”
“We’re gonna give [Ukraine] a lot. We’re gonna give them more than they ever got if we have to.”
Trump says he’ll give more weapons to Zelensky if Putin doesn’t agree to a peace deal.
— Cabot Phillips (@cabot_phillips) July 16, 2023
Several online responses criticized the former president’s strategy.
“This is basically what Biden is doing,” said GOP strategist Ryan James Girdusky, according to the Daily Wire.
David Reaboi of the Claremont Institute said he was “knocked out” by the former president’s response.
“In order to end the war, Trump commits to following the Lindsay Graham and Neocon policy of arming Ukraine to the teeth,” he noted. “That’s exactly what’s happening now, and it hasn’t changed Putin’s behavior. Would Trump escalate against Russia beyond that? That’s exactly what Americans don’t want.”
He continued: “Newsflash to MAGA: Trump isn’t even suggesting the Biden policy—even the White House is slowly coming to realize that the whole thing is a mess—he is endorsing exactly the Lindsay Graham policy to end the war. How does that sit with you?”
David Sacks, a conservative influencer, merely responded, “Disappointing.”
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