Former president of the United States (US), Donald Trump, has disclosed that he would end the Russia-Ukraine war within 24 hours if re-elected president.
Trump made the disclosure in a CNN town hall before a live audience in the state of New Hampshire.
He said, “I want everybody to stop dying. They’re dying. Russians and Ukrainians. I want them to stop dying. And I’ll have that done.
“I’ll have that done in 24 hours. I’ll have it done. You need the power of the presidency to do it.”
Earlier in the town hall, Trump insisted that he could stop the war that began in February last year by negotiating directly with Russian leader Vladimir Putin and Ukrainian leader Volodymyr Zelensky.
“I will meet with Putin. I will meet with Zelensky. They both have weaknesses and they both have strengths. And within 24 hours, that war will be settled. It’ll be over,” Trump said.
At another moment, Trump declined to say if he believes that Putin is a war criminal for alleged atrocities committed in Ukraine.
“If you say he’s a war criminal it’s going to be a lot tougher to make a deal to make this thing stop,” he said.
“If he’s going to be a war criminal, people are going to grab him and execute him, he’s going to fight a lot harder than he’s fighting under the other circumstance. That’s something to be discussed at a later day.”
The former president also said he thinks that “Putin made a mistake” by invading Ukraine.
When asked to elaborate, Trump said, “His mistake was going in. He would have never gone in if I was president.”
The 76-year-old ex-president has already announced his bid for a 2024 comeback under the Republican Party.