Trump to Newsmax: Would Talk to Putin About Ukraine War (Newsmax/"Wake Up America")
By Sandy Fitzgerald | Tuesday, 20 September 2022 10:35 AM EDT
Former President Donald Trump told Newsmax on Tuesday that if he were still in the Oval Office, he'd try to get Russia President Vladimir Putin to stop the war with Ukraine by talking to him, which he said President Joe Biden isn't doing with the Russian leader or the heads of any other countries.
"Obviously, there's not a lot of a lot of communication between Biden and these leaders," Trump said in an exclusive interview with Newsmax's "Wake Up America." "These leaders, they're pretty brutal, and they are people that you have to know how to deal with."
Trump pointed out that his administration took in "hundreds of billions of dollars from China, and there was never any talk there, either, with going into Taiwan."
But, he said, "they have to respect your leadership."
"If they don't respect your leadership, they're going to walk all over you," he said. "That's what they did prior to us getting there. We made great trade deals, great military deals, and we're the only ones, I guess, in many decades, who didn't start a war."
Trump added that while he was in office, "we were bringing people home from Syria, from Iraq. We had Afghanistan totally in control. We were leaving, and we were leaving with strength and dignity."
But with Biden's pullout from Afghanistan, there were "horrible results" and "we ended up leaving in disgrace," said Trump.
"I think it was probably the lowest moment in the history of our country," he said. "I don't think we've ever had a more embarrassing, horrible moment in the history of our country in the way we looked. It looked like we surrendered."
Trump added that while he was in office, "we didn't lose one soldier in 18 months in Afghanistan."
Meanwhile, Trump said that if he were in office, he would still meet with tough leaders, even though advisers discourage that.
"We had tremendous success with North Korea," said Trump, adding that he also had a good relationship with Chinese President Xi Jinping. "He understood me, and I understood him, and he would never have gone into Taiwan."
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