Former US President Donald Trump, who was impeached for refusing to give Ukraine almost $400 million in military aid, said the Ukraine Crisis “would never have happened” if he had remained in office.
Early Thursday, Russian President Vladimir Putin started a full-scale invasion of Ukraine, with troops flooding in from the country’s northern, eastern, and southern borders. In a Thursday evening address, Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky stated 137 Ukrainians had died and 306 had been injured as a result of the invasion.
“If I were in office, this horrible Ukraine crisis would never have happened!” Trump said in a statement released Thursday.
Trump praised Putin’s reasoning for invading Ukraine as “brilliant” and “clever” earlier this week.
“When I first walked in, there was a television screen, and I thought to myself, “This is genius.” Putin declares a large area of Ukraine to be part of Ukraine. Putin deems it self-governing. Oh, that’s fantastic, “When asked about the news, Trump remarked. “‘How clever is that?’ I said. And he’ll go in and serve as a peacekeeper.”
His remarks contrasted with those of US officials, who cautioned that Putin’s recognition of two separatist territories in Ukraine backed by the Kremlin was part of a ruse to invade the country.
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