Former US President Donald Trump said in a July 16 interview with Fox News that if he were elected president again, he would ask Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky and Russian dictator Vladimir Putin to sign a peace deal.
Opinion polls show Trump is currently the most popular Republican candidate in the upcoming 2024 presidential primary. A whopping 48% of respondents will support him in the primary, while 22% will support Florida Governor Ron DeSantis, a poll revealed published by YouGov and the Economist on July 8-11.
Trump said he would warn Putin that the US would increase military aid to Ukraine if a deal is not reached.
“I would tell Zelensky, no more. You have to make a deal. I would like to say to Putin: if you don’t make a deal, we are going to give him a lot. We are going to (give Ukraine) more than they ever got if we have to,” Trump said, adding that “he will close the deal in one day.”
Trump has repeatedly said he will end the war in Russia within 24 hours.
“It seems like Donald Trump has already had these 24 hours once in his day. We were at war, not all-out war, but we were at war and I suppose he had that time at his disposal, but he must have had other priorities,” Zelensky told ABC News on June 9.
Zelensky introduced Ukraine’s ten-point peace plan at a G20 summit in November 2022. The peace plan includes the immediate withdrawal of Russian troops, the establishment of a Russian war crimes tribunal, the release of all prisoners of war and deported Ukrainians, and the prevention of ecocide.
Trump said in May that he would not commit to providing defense aid to Ukraine if he won the 2024 election.
“We’re giving away so much equipment that we don’t have any ammunition for ourselves right now,” Trump said on May 11, as quoted by CNN.
He also declined to say who he thinks should win in the war between Russia and Ukraine, adding that he wants “everyone to stop dying”.
Meanwhile, about 65% of US citizens want Washington to continue military aid to Ukraine, according to a Reuters/Ipsos poll released June 28.