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Orbán: Trump to Compel Ukraine’s Surrender to Putin, Russia Celebrates

Since the Russian invasion of Ukraine, Trump has frequently asserted that he could “end the war in 24 hours” if he were president. However, when pressed for specifics on how he would achieve this during interviews on right-wing channels such as Fox and Newsmax, Trump has been ambiguous and avoided providing concrete details. Surprisingly, these interviewers have not challenged him or attempted to hold him accountable for his vague statements.

Donald Trump Jr. has echoed these sentiments on his podcast, suggesting that his father would terminate the conflict by withdrawing all aid to Ukraine, thereby pressuring them to surrender to Russian demands without American support. It’s reasonable to assume that Junior wouldn’t make such statements without being aware of his father’s intentions. Nevertheless, mainstream media coverage in the US has been scant regarding what Trump’s apparent course of action might entail.

The statements from Viktor Orban and the Russian media provide explicit insight into what may occur if Trump is re-elected. According to reports, Orban allegedly conveyed after meeting with Trump at Mar-a-Lago that he would withhold financial support from Ukraine if elected president, implying a strategy to swiftly end the conflict. Russian media further interpreted this as a method aligned with their interests.

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The remarks by Orban were echoed in a clip circulated by the Russian Media Monitor, indicating a supposed plan by Trump to halt the war by denying aid to Ukraine. This sentiment was reinforced by Trump’s praise for Orban during their meeting, as well as Orban’s subsequent comments about Trump’s stance on funding for the conflict.

This narrative suggests a concerning strategy: Trump seeking to weaken Ukraine’s military capabilities, potentially facilitating its occupation by Russian forces. Putin’s own statements, including those made in an interview with Tucker Carlson, indicate a desire to extend the conflict until certain objectives, such as “de-nazifying” Ukraine, are achieved.

The implications extend beyond Ukraine, as neighboring countries may perceive a diminished commitment from the United States to uphold NATO obligations, potentially emboldening further Russian aggression. Such a scenario poses significant global security risks.

In essence, the signals from Orban, Russian media, and Putin’s statements suggest a potentially perilous path if Trump secures another term in office. This underscores the urgency for Americans to critically evaluate these developments and their potential ramifications on both domestic and international levels.

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