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Former President Donald Trump declined to say in an interview that aired over the weekend that he would cut off funding to Ukraine.
The remarks were contained in the second part of an interview with Fox News host Maria Bartiromo on “Sunday Morning Futures” that was recorded a little over a week ago.
“Look at all the money we’re giving to Ukraine and yet Ukraine was paying the Biden family a fortune,” Trump said referencing the military aide that U.S. is giving to Ukraine in its war against Russia and the alleged bribes that then-Vice President Biden received.
“Would you stop the money to Ukraine at this point?” Bartiromo asked.
“I’d get the war settled,” Trump responded. “The money is—, number one, I’d tell Europe, you gotta—, you’re about $100+ billion short. Okay? You gotta pay. Because Europe is smiling all the way to the bank. We’re giving all of these, this, Europe is doing very little compared to the United States. And it affects them more.”
Donald Trump won't say that he'll cut funding to Ukraine if elected president.
Maria Bartiromo: “Would you stop the money to Ukraine at this point?”
Trump: “I’d get the war settled. This money is–, number one, I’d tell Europe you got to–, you’re about $100+ billion short,… pic.twitter.com/z5lrE2FORN
— Jason Rantz on KTTH Radio (@jasonrantz) July 23, 2023
Trump faced some controversy when the first part of the interview aired last week after he told Bartiromo that he would try to end the war by in-part threatening Russian President Vladimir Putin that the U.S. would give Ukraine more weapons.
“I know Zelensky very well, and I know Putin very well, even better. And I had a good relationship, very good, with both of them. I would tell Zelensky, no more. You got to make a deal. I would tell Putin, if you don’t make a deal, we’re going to give him a lot. We’re going to them more than they ever got if we have to. I will have the deal done in one day. One day.”
“We’re gonna give [Ukraine] a lot. We’re gonna give them more than they ever got if we have to.”
Trump says he’ll give more weapons to Zelensky if Putin doesn’t agree to a peace deal.
— Cabot Phillips (@cabot_phillips) July 16, 2023