So why doesn't Trump make this deal now, without being president? Is it because intrinsic to his negotiation is that the US military would be used to force to compliance with this "deal"? Trump's "No more" obviously means Russia would be rewarded with the Ukrainian territory they already occupy.---CA
(USA Today)Former President Donald Trump is defending a controversial claim that he could forge a Ukraine peace within 24 hours of returning to the White House, saying he would tell Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy to make a deal.
Trump, speaking on Fox News' "Sunday Morning Futures," said he has a good relationship with Zelenskyy and Russian President Vladimir Putin.
"I would tell Zelenskyy: '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 (give Ukraine) more than they ever got if we have to.' I will have the deal done in one day. One day," said Trump, who has a sizable lead in early polling for the Republican presidential nomination.
Zelenskyy has dismissed Trump's assertion that the deal could be made so quickly, saying Trump probably would pressure Ukraine into ceding territory to Russia, a concession Zelenskyy has rejected.