Trump dodges questions on Ukraine and Taiwan to avoid hurting ‘negotiations’ if he’s elected
The usually outspoken former US President Donald Trump was mum yesterday to a number of questions related to Taiwan and Ukraine, arguing that giving an answer would impede “negotiations” if he were to enter the White House in 2024.
The 77-year-old 2024 GOP presidential primary front-runner refused to give an answer when Fox News host Bret Baier asked if the self-governed island of Taiwan, which Beijing has long been claiming as its own, should be independent.
Trump was also mum on whether Washington should respond militarily if China decides to invade the country. “On the assumption that I win,” providing an answer would hurt him in negotiations, the politician said when asked whether Taiwan should break away from the PRC.
Repeatedly Cites Future Negotiations
But he didn’t fail to highlight the “very good relationship” he has with the Chinese leader, Xi Jinping. Further, he again would not give a definitive answer when Baier asked if the US would go to war to defend the island nation from an invasion.
He repeatedly cited potential future negotiations while refusing to give an answer. “Now, he knows what I would do. And, by the way, for four years, they didn’t invade Taiwan, and they never even talked about it,” Trump added.
Dodges Questions On Ukraine
The businessman-turned-politician was also mum on questions concerning the ongoing war in Ukraine. He refused to say whether Kyiv giving up the Crimean Peninsula to Russia would be part of his strategy to stop Russian leader Vladimir Putin from stretching the war any longer.
Nevertheless, Donald Trump mentioned he would end the brutal war, continuing since February 24, 2022, in just 24 hours by telling Putin and Volodymyr Zelensky, the President of Ukraine, “something”. He would have a deal done very quickly, the former commander in chief stressed.
Strikingly Similar Conversation From April
He also claimed that before leaving the White House he thought the Russian president was considering launching an attack on his neighbour and talked him out of it. “I told him I was going to do something,” he said, adding Putin believed him for maybe 10%.”
“And 10% is all you needed.” Somehow, Trump’s alleged conversation with the Russian leader is strikingly similar to one he claims to have had with China’s Xi, which he revealed before former Fox News host Tucker Carlson in April.