Donald Trump asserted during a CNN town hall event that it is vital to ‘stop the killing’ on both sides of the Ukraine-Russia war and that he would end the conflict within 24 hours of becoming president.
During the event in New Hampshire, the 45th president was battered by a volley of questions from an antagonistic host, but came out on top.
When a student from Saint Anselm’s College asked Trump if he would pursue the same policy towards the war as the Biden administration by pouring in more money and more military equipment, Trump gave a nuanced answer.
“Here’s the thing — have to say it to start off, no longer matters — if I were president, this would have never happened, and even the Democrats admit that. Putin knew it would have never happened, and his pipeline would have never happened,” said Trump.
“And all those dead people, both Russian and Ukrainian, they wouldn’t be dead today. And all those cities that are blown up and disintegrated right to the ground, that wouldn’t have happened,” he added.
Trump also highlighted the massive gulf between the amount of money the United States had sent Ukraine compared to the European Union.