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Donald Trump is right. If he were still president, the situation would be very different in Ukraine.
Had Mike Pence ignored his Hoosier values of truth, justice and the Constitution and cooperated to overturn the election results, Trump could now be president.
There would be no danger of armed conflict between Russia and NATO over Ukraine.
There would be no NATO. Trump maintained throughout his first term that NATO was outdated. He belittled and insulted the leaders of the European nations of the alliance. He was reluctant to back the collective defense agreement known as Article 5. Now, in a second term, he would have pulled out of the alliance and scuttled it.
There would be no suggestion from a President Trump that Vladimir Putin is a butcher and should go after Russia invades Ukraine. Trump praised Putin’s “genius” as Russia gathered troops for the invasion. And he wouldn’t let a little thing like Russia seeking to dominate its neighbor ruin his relationship with Putin. Hey, he withdrew from Syria and let Russia dominate there.
There would be no long and heroic stand by Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy. He would have been dead for a month. Trump is resentful. Zelenskyy did not announce an investigation of Joe Biden ahead of the election, even when Trump wielded the defensive weapons Ukraine needed to force it. Avid Trump supporters like Representatives Marjorie Taylor Greene and Madison Cawthorn have not forgotten. They call Zelensky “thug” and “corrupt”. Trump, if he was still president, would not forget and coordinate massive arms shipments and sanctions to save Zelenskyy and thwart his friend Putin.
There would be no Ukraine. Without the United States and a unified NATO providing the aid to block the invasion, Russia would have rammed into kyiv and gotten rid of Zelensky, still with a terrible death toll among Ukrainian civilians, but with less delay against a Ukrainian army outdated and without necessary weapons.
Trump, despite no longer being president, is still speaking out, saying he really got re-elected and showing how he would react to Putin if he was still in the White House.
Trump calls on Putin to do something now, something very important.
It was not a call to Putin to stop the massacres in Ukraine. It was a call for Putin to release any possible dirt on Hunter, the son of President Biden’s black sheep.
Trump has resurrected and embellished a controversial last-minute claim from the 2020 campaign that Hunter Biden may (or may not) have received money through corporate funding from the Moscow mayor’s wife.
“She gave him $3.5 million,” Trump said as a fact. Why? “I think Putin would know the answer to that. I think he should publish it,” Trump said. “I think we should know that answer.”
Putin would of course be believed if he announced, “Yes, the Bidens took millions in bribes from that thug Zelenskyy to set up a Nazi government and germ warfare labs in Ukraine.”
Well, US intelligence agencies did not believe Putin’s claims that troops on the Ukrainian border were not going to invade. They wouldn’t believe he had come true after a lifetime of lies.
But Trump would believe. He said in a meeting with the Russian leader that he believed Putin’s word on the findings of his own intelligence agencies.
If Putin provided useful dirt for Trump’s 2024 election, that would be about enough that Trump, if he were president again, would endorse Putin’s conquest of Ukraine and signal no concerns about to Putin’s desire to return other countries, Poland, Hungary and the Baltic countries, to their status in the former Soviet Union.
As investigations continue into what Hunter Biden and Donald Trump Jr. may have done wrong, potential transgressions by either of a president’s children, whether proven or not, should not hamper efforts. to save all those children in Ukraine.
Jack Colwell is a columnist for The Tribune. Write to him in care of The Tribune or by email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
This article originally appeared on South Bend Tribune: If Trump were president, the situation would be different in Ukraine.
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