Trump says he could have saved Ukraine from conflict

The Ukraine-Russia conflict wouldn’t have happened had Trump stayed in the White House, the former US president has said

Trump says he could have saved Ukraine from conflict

Trump says he could have saved Ukraine from conflict

Everything was calm while he was in the White House, the 45th US president has claimed

Former US President Donald Trump has claimed that the Ukraine conflict would not have happened had he stayed in office. Trump told Fox News that he had successfully deterred Moscow from attacking Kiev. 

“He wouldn’t have done it if it were me. He did it after I left,” Trump told Fox anchor Bret Baier, referring to Russian President Vladimir Putin, in an interview aired on Monday evening.

“I thought he might do it. Look, I talked to him. I said, ‘If you do it, there’s going to be hell to pay. It’s going to be a catastrophe. Don't do it’,” Trump said. “I told him I was going to do something. He said, ‘No, no, no, you will not do that’. I said, ‘I will, Vladimir, I will do it. I’m going to do it’.”

“He didn’t believe me at all, except for maybe 10%. And 10% is all you needed,” Trump concluded.

“very good relationship” with Putin when he was in office, and got along with Ukrainian President Vladimir Zelensky as well. He claimed that Zelensky acted honorably during the “impeachment hoax number one” in late 2019, when Democrats accused Trump of threatening Kiev into investigating Joe Biden’s son, Hunter.

“I respected him for that. He could have done a grandstand,” Trump said.

“It’s a separate country, but at one point it wasn’t a separate country and Putin liked it that way,” replied the former president and the current Republican front-runner for the 2024 nomination.

“within 24 hours.”

“That’s what I did. I became very rich by doing deals. Very rich,” he said. “I would have a deal done very quickly. And you know what? The death would stop, and the destruction would stop because, look, Ukraine has been wiped out.”

has endorsed Trump’s thesis, arguing the conflict would not have escalated with him in office, and that only his return to the White House could bring peace.

“Why didn’t he do that earlier? He was president when the war was going on here,” the Ukrainian leader said, referring to the hostilities that first broke out in 2014, after the US-backed coup in Kiev. Ukraine has claimed a Russian “invasion” since then.