Donald Trump declined an invitation from Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky to visit Ukraine.
Zelensky noted that Trump has said he could end the Russia-Ukraine conflict in 24 hours if he was president.
“If he can come here, I will need 24 minutes – yes, 24 minutes – not more. 24 minutes to explain [to] President Trump that he can’t manage this war. He can’t bring peace because of Putin,” Zelensky said.
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Trump provided a statement to Newsmax regarding Zelensky’s invitation.
“I have great respect for President Zelenskyy, but think it would be inappropriate to go to Ukraine at this time,” Trump wrote in a statement given to the outlet.
“The Biden administration is currently dealing with him, and I would not want to create a conflict of interest,” he added.
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Zelenskyy is calling on the U.S. to provide more funding to help his forces counter Russia, warning that American soldiers could eventually be pulled into a greater European conflict with Russia if Washington did not step up support.
“If Russia will kill all of us, they will attack NATO countries and you will send your sons and daughters [to fight],” Zelenskyy said told NBC.
President Joe Biden, a Democrat, has pressed Congress to pass a $106 billion supplemental spending bill, with the bulk of the money going to bolster Ukraine’s defenses and the remainder split among Israel, the Indo-Pacific, and border enforcement.
The Republican-led House has instead put forward its own funding plan. It passed a bill last week to provide $14.5 billion in aid to Israel, but did not include any increase in aid for Ukraine.
Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer, D-N.Y., said he would not bring the House bill to a vote and Biden has vowed to veto it.
“Trump, who currently holds the lead for the 2024 presidential GOP nomination, has said he could strike a deal between Russian President Vladimir Putin and Zelensky to solve the international war overseas in ‘one day’ if re-elected to the White House,” The Daily Wire stated.
From The Daily Wire:
“If I’m president, I will have that war settled in one day – 24 hours,” Trump told CNN’s Kaitlan Collins earlier this year during a town hall, adding he would meet with the two presidents who “have weaknesses and they both have strengths” to settle the war.
“It’ll be over, it’ll be absolutely over,” Trump said.Advertisement
Trump added during the interview that he doesn’t view the war “in terms of winning and losing.”
“I think in terms of getting it settled so we stop killing all these people,” he said, adding, “Russians and Ukrainians, I want them to stop dying. And I’ll have that done in 24 hours.”
Zelensky said during an interview with NBC that if Trump could “manage it,” he is welcome to visit Kyiv but signaled doubt in Trump’s ability to end hostilities if re-elected.
Watch the full “Meet the Press” interview with Zelensky: