- Zelensky said Trump should have known about Putin’s true nature before praising him.
- The former US president mixed his condemnation of the Ukraine war with continued admiration for Putin.
- Zelensky said Trump had given “plenty of time” to choose the president of Russia.
The Ukrainian leader said in an interview that Donald Trump has “plenty of time” to find out the true nature of President Vladimir Putin.
President Volodymyr Zelensky He told CNN That the former US president had “enough time, plenty of time to understand who Putin is”.
Trump has admired Putin throughout his presidency – and this continued even after Russian tanks rolled into Ukrainian territory on February 24, although he also condemned the war.
Hours before the invasion, as Putin’s forces massed along three sides of the Ukrainian border, Trump said with admiration that he had “taken over a country in exchange for two dollars in sanctions. I would say this is very smart.” According to screenshots taken in Mar-a-Lago and shared on social media.
Even after the truth of the invasion became clear, Trump combined condemnation of the war with constant praise, As reported by CNN.
At a rally in Georgia in March, Trump called the invasion a “big mistake,” but noted his admiration for authoritarian leaders like Putin by saying, “The smartest gets to the top.” As reported by the Guardian newspaper,.
During an interview broadcast on Sunday, Zelensky said Trump has reached “a high position where he cannot not even be recognized as the opponent, in terms of values, of your people.
“In this position, you have to understand who Putin is, what he is leading to, and what steps he will take to get there,” he added.
“But this war has no distances it cannot cross,” he said. “Maybe he needed this to further his domestic politics.”
While Congress has voted multiple times for billions of dollars in military packages for Ukraine with bipartisan support, the hard-right Republican Party has had They tend to side with Putin.
As reported by Charles Davis from InsiderFor “Majorie” Republicans like Representative Marjorie Taylor Green, the blame for Putin’s war lies with Biden rather than the Russian president himself – a line that Trump himself has led.
“I have no doubt that President Putin made his decision…only after witnessing the pathetic withdrawal from Afghanistan,” he added. Tell CPAC in August.
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