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WHEN DONNY MET VLADY: Trump Reveals What He Told Putin to Delay Ukraine Invasion [WATCH]

posted by Hannity Staff - 6.20.23

Former President and 2024 GOP frontrunner Donald Trump appeared on Fox News’ Special Report Monday night for a sit-down interview with anchor Bret Baier; the two discussed a wide range of topics including Trump’s promise to end the Russia-Ukraine war.

“With Putin, I have a very good relationship. I mean, I haven’t spoken to him in a long while, but I had a very strong relationship,” Trump said.

When asked about the invasion, the former president said of Putin: “He wouldn’t have done it if it were me. He did it after I left.”

“I thought he might do it,” Trump continued. “Look, I talked to him. I said, ‘If you do it, there’s going to be hell to pay. It’s going to be a catastrophe. Don’t do it.'”

From Fox News:

Putin initially did not believe Trump would take any action, according to Trump, but he pushed back: “I told him I was going to do something. He said, ‘No, no, no, you will not do that.’ I said, ‘I will, Vladimir, I will do it. I’m going to do it.'”

Trump, also a 2024 presidential candidate, said Putin believed “maybe 10%” of what he was saying, but that 10% was “all you needed” to stop the invasion from happening. “It was only after I left [office] that you started hearing about this,” he added.

When asked whether he thought Ukraine was a separate country from Russia, Trump stated it was, but that it used to be one country, and “Putin liked it that way.”

Watch the clip above.

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