Former President Donald Trump has outlined a goal to end the war between Russia and Ukraine in just one day if he were to return to office, saying he would provide more weapons than ever before.
In an interview with Fox News host Maria Bartiromo, Trump praised Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy for his “honorable” behavior and stated that he had a “very good relationship” with both Putin and Zelensky.
He then suggested that he could broker a deal between them in less than 24 hours, offering more weapons should Putin refuse it.
The former president went on to explain that by cutting off the supply of arms, the two sides would be forced to come together for talks.
He proposed using economic sanctions as a way of pressuring both sides into making peace and ensuring lasting stability. Bartiromo countered this idea by warning that it may not be enough for Putin to stop bombing Ukraine, but Trump was confident in his approach despite her skepticism.
Trump has been vocal about his foreign policy since leaving office and continues to hold strong views on how best to handle international relations.
His promise of greater weaponry is seen as an attempt at strengthening America’s position globally and maintaining its influence abroad. While some believe this could lead to further conflict between Russia and Ukraine, there is no denying that Trump’s plan is ambitious and bold — something we have come to expect from him over the years.
It remains unclear whether or not Trump will actually make good on his word should he regain power, but only time will tell what comes next when it comes to ending this long-standing stalemate between two powerful nations.
“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 responses online were critical of the former president’s approach.
“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?”
Conservative influencer David Sacks simply responded, “Disappointing.”
“Would have been VERY interesting to see how Tucker would have responded to this if Trump hadn’t hidden from the Iowa candidate forum on Friday,” Republican strategist Matt Whitlock noted.
AG Hamilton, a popular right-leaning account, added: “Hilarious. Trump is asked to explain how he would actually end the Ukraine war in one day. He says he would tell Zelensky to stop and then tell Putin we will arm Ukraine a lot more if he doesn’t agree??? No wonder he skipped the Tucker Iowa event.”
That event, hosted by Tucker Carlson and called the Family Leadership Summit held in Des Moines, Iowa, saw Trump’s former vice president, Mike Pence, put on the hot seat over his preference to continue arming Ukraine.
“You are distressed that the Ukrainians don’t have enough American tanks? Every city in the United States has become much worse over the past three years. Drive around. There is not one city that’s gotten better in the United States. And it’s visible,” Carlson began.
“Our economy has degraded, the suicide rate has jumped, public filth and disorder and crime have exponentially increased, and yet your concern is that the Ukrainians, a country most people can’t find on a map, who have received tens of billions of U.S. tax dollars, don’t have enough tanks?” he said.