In a revealing interview with the Wall Street Journal, Ukraine’s President Volodymyr Zelensky showed signs of unease at the idea of Donald Trump’s return to the Oval Office in 2024. His concern revolved around the hypothetical response of the former U.S. President, known for his strong leadership and no-nonsense approach, to Russia’s audacious invasion – a situation untested during Trump’s time in office.
Zelensky was quick to acknowledge the Biden administration’s regular shipments of costly weaponry in response to Russia’s unwarranted aggression. Interestingly, Zelensky appears to be more comfortable working with Biden despite many Republicans’ arguments that the conflict between Ukraine and Russia has resulted in the United States pouring in over $40 billion, supporting the Ukrainian military at the expense of American taxpayers.
These observations raise intriguing questions about the need for the kind of robust negotiations and assertive diplomacy that characterized Trump’s presidency. While Zelensky and Biden seem set on a path of prolonged conflict, Trump promises a swift resolution to the war. This approach underscores the potential advantages of a return to Republican leadership, which often stresses negotiation and resolution over endless fighting, giving the international community and taxpayers much to ponder about the future of U.S. involvement in this conflict.
According to Breitbart:
“President Biden is the president during a full-scale war and he has been more helpful to us than President Trump,” Zelensky told the interviewer, qualifying the statement by noting that there “was no full-scale war” going on while Trump was in office. “In a situation like this, when there is support, you are afraid of changes,” Zelensky said. “And to be honest, when you mention a change of administration, I feel the same way as anyone… You want changes for the better, but it can also be the other way around.”
He also appeared uncomfortable with Donald Trump’s claim that he would be able to negotiate a peace settlement to the Ukraine War within 24 hours, adding that the 45th American leader did not seem to care that Ukrainian territory — namely Crimea — was being “occupied” by Russia during his presidency after being illegally annexed under the Obama administration in 2014.
Zelensky also reportedly used the interview as an opportunity to beg the West for more Patriot missile systems, claiming that his country currently does not have enough of the defensive weapons to protect both the frontline and civilians in cities.
At present, Ukraine has at least two Patriot batteries, which include launchers, a powerful radar system, a control station and other equipment. Zelesnky’s request for as many as 50, therefore, would be a massive ask for the Western world, with each individual Patriot platform reportedly costing over one billion dollars.
Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky revealed his trepidation over the potential return of Donald Trump to the White House in the upcoming 2024 election. This admission, followed by an earnest plea for an increased supply of American-made Patriot missile systems, lays bare the pressures Zelensky faces, raising critical questions about the future of U.S.-Ukrainian relations. As we anticipate the political chessboard of the next U.S. presidential election, this narrative will undoubtedly continue to unfold, holding readers in a state of suspense.