- This week, Donald Trump has repeatedly claimed that the Ukraine war can be resolved within 24 hours.
- Former Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said he didn’t know what Trump was talking about.
- Pompeo may be one of Trump’s challengers for the 2024 Republican presidential nomination.
Mike Pompeo on Tuesday threw cold water on former President Donald Trump’s claims that, if re-elected, the Ukraine war could be resolved within 24 hours.
“I don’t know what he’s talking about,” the former Trump-era secretary of state told Fox News host Martha McCallum.
Pompeo’s comments urged Fox News host Sean Hannity to use his ties to Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky and Russian leader Vladimir Putin if Trump is re-elected as president on Monday. He said he would arrange “very easy negotiations” for peace.
“There is a very easy negotiation going on. But I don’t want to say what it is because you can’t use that negotiation. We can,” Trump said. “Fix it within a day and have peace between them.”
“So if you were president, would you want a negotiated solution?” Hannity asked Trump.
“Within 24 hours,” Trump said.
Secretary of State Mike Pompeo on Tuesday denied Trump’s allegations, but focused on praising his own achievements in dealing with the Kremlin.
Pompeo told McCallum, “Putin took one-fifth of Ukraine under President Obama and didn’t take an inch when I was secretary of state.
Pompeo is currently preparing for the 2024 presidential election against Trump. Axios. He also He attacked Trump at the Conservative Party political action conference in March. and in him biography.
— Mike Pompeo (@mikepompeo) March 29, 2023
Trump, on the other hand, has been saying it will take just one day to settle the war in Ukraine.
“It’s not difficult. I know what to say to each of them,” Trump said. In a call to the conservative TV channel Real America’s Voice, he said: Again mentioning Putin and Zelensky.
He made the same claim at Saturday’s rally in Waco, Texas. He declared himself the only presidential candidate who could commit to “preventing World War III.”
Trump has given no concrete rationale for how to end the conflict within 24 hours.
In March, he told Fox News that Russia “could have made a deal” to take over “certain areas that are Russian-speaking areas” of Ukraine. Condemned Russia’s annexation of Ukrainian territory. Zelensky also said in July: Ukraine will not cede territory for ceasefire talks with Russia.
In March 2022, a month after the war began, Trump also proposed plans to try to end the war, including pressure on Putin with a US nuclear submarine. war.
“And we say, ‘Oh, he’s a nuclear power.’ I have a machine Appeared on Fox Business,
“You should say, ‘Hey, say that word again. We’ll send them out and go back and forth on your shores,'” Trump said. “Don’t let this tragedy continue. Thousands of people must not die.”
Representatives for Pompeo and Trump did not immediately respond to requests for insider comment outside of normal business hours.