In the wake of the CNN town hall interview last week, Former President Donald Trump was pointedly asked if he wanted Ukraine to win the war against Russia several times by the anchor Kaitlin Collins. For most people, this would be an easy answer, an emphatic yes; of course, I want Ukraine to win.
No Equipment, Weapons, or Funding Offered by Trump
However, Trump, who has been investigated over alleged ties to Russia, could not give that assurance. He would not commit to further support in terms of funding and weaponry, complaining about the amount of money that had already been donated.
Most tellingly and quite bizarrely given the level of atrocities that have been committed by Putin, he could not bring himself to say that he hoped or wanted Ukraine to win.
It Was Like Dodge City but Not in Ukraine – In Trump’s Interview
He swerved and dodged the question three times and would not pledge any support for Ukraine. When the question came up, the first concern of Trump was the amount of money being spent by America, “it’s costing us $170 million”, Trump whinged when the student in the audience asked the question on Ukraine.
“Not About Winning or Losing”
When asked if he wanted Ukraine to win, he avoided answering this and said, “I want Europe to pay more money.”
CNN’s Kaitlin Collins rightly pressed him for an answer on this subject, asking, “do you want Ukraine or Russia to win, though?”
“For me, it’s not about winning or losing,” Trump replied, winning the prize for the most non-committal answer ever.
Trump Could Apparently Stop the War “In One Day (24 Hours)”
He went on to say that he would stop the war in 24 hours by joining Putin in talks with Zelensky to end the fighting. He did not say which areas of Ukrainian territory would be offered up to Putin to satisfy his conditions. However, this would likely include the Donbas region and other key territories that have been a sticking point in negotiations for Putin as he is unwilling to give back the parts of Ukraine he has annexed, where his forces have not yet been pushed back.
Why Push for a Ceasefire Now When Ukraine Is Winning?
Against all the odds, Zelensky has been winning the war against the much larger forces of Putin’s Russia, owing to his determination, courage, and some brilliant military tactics and strategic thinking that has caught Putin’s invading army out on several occasions.
Having successfully defended their capital from the Russian invasion, they now look set to launch a full-on counter-offensive with the equipment and weapons donated by US and Europe. So talking about arranging for any kind of surrender or ceasefire at this stage would be a completely ridiculous suggestion unless you were firmly in the camp of Russia and backing Putin’s invasion of Ukraine.
Clues in the Omissions
As with many instances like this with political figures speaking publicly, it is often the thing that has not been said that gives it away rather than the actual words themselves. There is normally cross-party support in Europe on the subject of Ukraine – everyone in NATO wants Ukraine to win without exception, and it would be an obvious answer for most if they were asked who they wanted to win.
Not All About the Money – Himself as Well
Quite telling how the first issue that came to mind when being asked about Ukraine was the money and how much it was costing the US. Next he thought about himself and his own impeachment trial, making up some vague fictional account about how Zelensky had said he “did nothing wrong.”
You Say Impeached; I Say Exonerated
The first impeachment trial was centered around the Trump administration attempting to bribe Zelensky into investigating Biden’s family. Trump told the audience of Republican voters he was “exonerated” to rapturous applause. However, the interviewer was quick to point out that he was, in fact, impeached over this.
During the CNN interview, Trump had nothing positive to say about Zelensky or any words of encouragement or support for their cause. The clues are often in the omissions.
Trump Admits Discussing Ukraine Invasion With Putin
Collins asked Trump – you used to respect Putin. Do you still respect him now?
Trump confirmed that he thought he was a “clever guy” and “very cunning,” but he had just made one mistake by invading Ukraine, which Trump admitted he had discussed with Putin while he was in office. “We talked about it several times, but he didn’t go in.”
Trump Fiction or Full-on Treason?
Of course, this is most likely Trump fiction of the kind we know and love, but if there were any truth to this statement, this would be a very serious matter. If Trump really had been involved in the planning of the Ukraine invasion with Putin, and did not warn Ukraine, NATO or any Western allies – this would be the biggest crime yet and would dwarf all other investigations into his conduct.
Corroborating with a hostile state in their plans to invade an ally without giving adequate warning would be a serious charge that could amount to treason.
So for Trump’s sake, he better hope he was lying on that one.
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