Former US President Donald Trump says he would end the war in Ukraine within 24 hours if he were re-elected.
This statement was made during a CNN town hall on Wednesday, November 8, 2023, where he also declined to say if he supports Ukraine or Russia, and mocked a sexual abuse verdict against him1.
His statement has been met with doubt and derision by many experts, politicians and commentators, who questioned his credibility, his understanding of the conflict, and his ability to negotiate with Putin and Zelensky.
Some of the reactions are as follows:
- Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky said that Trump was not deeply involved in the matter, and that he did not solve the issue when he was president. He also said that the issue is not about Trump, but about the people who are dying in the war2.
- Former US ambassador to Ukraine William Taylor said that Trump’s claim was “absurd” and “dangerous”, and that he had no idea what he was talking about. He also said that Trump’s lack of support for Ukraine was one of the reasons why Russia invaded in the first place3.
- Former US national security adviser John Bolton said that Trump’s statement was “delusional” and “irresponsible”, and that he was playing into Putin’s hands. He also said that Trump had no strategy or plan to end the war, and that he was only interested in his own ego3.
- CNN anchor Anderson Cooper said that Trump’s statement was “nonsensical” and “ridiculous”, and that he was lying to the American people. He also said that Trump had no respect for the facts, the law, or the victims of his sexual abuse1.
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