Former US President Donald Trump says in CNN Town Hall meeting America has run out of ammunition after having given so much to Ukraine
Former US President Donald Trump has refused to say whether he favors a particular side in the Russia-Ukraine conflict, stating he would rather focus on ending the bloodshed altogether. Speaking for a CNN town hall in New Hampshire on Wednesday, Trump also insisted that Washington was giving too much ammunition to Kiev.
Asked by CNN’s Kaitlan Collins if he wants “Ukraine to win this war,” Trump, who is campaigning for a second term in office, replied: “I don’t think in terms of winning and losing.”
“I think in terms of getting it settled so we stop killing all these people and breaking down this country,” the former president said.
When pressed by Collins on the matter, Trump added: “They are dying, Russians and Ukrainians. I want them to stop dying.”
He criticized the amount of military aid provided to Kiev by the Pentagon. “We don’t have ammunition for ourselves [and yet] we’re giving away so much,” he said. Trump also said he wanted Europe to “put up more money” for Ukraine and “equalize” its financial assistance compared to aid provided by Washington.
Trump insisted that he would “have that war settled in one day” if he was president, promising to meet with presidents Vladimir Putin of Russia and Vladimir Zelensky of Ukraine if he gets elected in 2024.
He also played down the US debt default. saying the consequences of a failure by Congress to raise the nation’s debt limit “could be maybe nothing.”
Most economists warn that a failure to raise the debt ceiling by June 1, when the U.S. Treasury says the government will start to run out of money to meet its obligations, will trigger a catastrophic economic recession with the loss of millions of jobs.
Trump said Congress should claw back money allocated in Biden’s domestic spending legislation. “If they don’t … you’ll have to default,” Trump said. He added consequences of a default could merely lead to “a bad week or a bad day.”
Republicans are insisting on massive spending cuts before they agree to pass a debt ceiling increase. Biden so far is insisting on a “clean” measure without conditions.
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