Former President Donald Trump asserted that Russian President Vladimir Putin would not have invaded Ukraine if he were still in office–a statement backed up by broad public opinion.
“As everyone understands, this horrific disaster would never have happened if our election was not rigged, and if I was the president,” Trump said Saturday night, speaking at the Conservative Political Action Conference in Orlando. “Very simple: It wouldn’t have happened.”
“Under [President George W.] Bush, Russia invaded Georgia. Under [President Barack] Obama, Russia took Crimea. Under [President Joe] Biden, Russia invaded Ukraine,” Trump added.
The former president praised Putin as “smart” and added that the world would not be on the cusp of another lengthy war if he had not lost the US election in 2020.
“It would have been so easy for me to stop this travesty from happening. He understood me, and he understood that I don’t play games.”
On Friday, a Harvard/Harris poll said that 62% believed Russia would not have invaded Ukraine, and 38% said Putin would have invaded even if Trump was still president.
“I stand as the only president of the 21st century on whose watch Russia did not invade another country,” Trump told the supportive crowd. skyrocketing inflation, and the border crisis–all of which became worse under Biden.
“You could take the five worst presidents in American history and put them together and they would not have done the damage that Joe Biden’s administration has done in just a very short 13 months,” Trump said.
“Our country has totally lost its self-confidence,” Trump added. “We, as a country, have no confidence anymore. But we will get it back and we’ll get it back stronger than ever before.”