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Donald Trump welcomes Putin’s support for his claims he could end the war in Ukraine | World | News

Donald Trump raised his eyebrows after praising Vladimir Putin’s support, saying: “I like that he says that.”

The former president made the remarks in an interview with NBC, after the Russian despot welcomed Trump’s comments that he could end the “Ukraine crisis.”

Speaking at the Eastern Economic Forum last week, Putin said: “Mr Trump says he will resolve all burning issues within days, including the Ukrainian crisis.

“We can’t help but be happy about it. »

Trump smiled when asked about the comments in the new interview, seeing them as vindication of his stance on the war.

Speaking to NBC’s Kristen Walker, he said: “I love that he said that. Because that means what I’m saying is true.

Later, the host pushed the former president on what he would do to end the war in Ukraine, to which he refused to answer directly.

Trump replied: “If I tell you exactly, I lose all my bargaining chips. »

“I mean, you can’t really say exactly what you’re going to do.

“But I would say certain things to Putin. I would say certain things to Zelensky.”

And when asked about allegations that Russian bombs destroyed maternity hospitals, about forces under Putin’s command deliberately attacking civilians, and about the president receiving an arrest warrant for the kidnapping of Ukrainian children, Trump simply responded: “This is all terrible.”

Putin also backed Trump as the former president faces 91 criminal charges in four cases, saying it shows the “rot” in American politics.

During a question-and-answer session in Vladivostok, the Russian leader said: “Everything that is happening to Trump is political persecution of a political rival. It is what it is.

“And this is happening before the eyes of the American public and the entire world.

“As for the persecution of Trump, I believe that everything that is happening right now is a good thing.

“Because it demonstrates the rottenness of the American political system, which cannot claim to teach democracy to others. »

When Trump was president, he said he had a “very good” relationship with Putin.

Speaking in February at a rally at the Hilton Palm Beach Airport in Florida, he claimed that “Putin would never have gone to Ukraine if I had been president.”

It comes after Putin met with Kim Jong-un, during which the leaders issued a grim warning to the West.

Speaking to reporters while sitting next to Putin, the North Korean dictator said Russia was “fighting a sacred fight to defend its sovereignty,” as well as to protect its “security interests” and promote ” justice against the hegemonists.”

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