Donald Trump has received huge praise after Hungarian prime minister Viktor Orban claimed the only way to end the Ukraine war is for the US to re-elect the former president.
Orban – known as Vladimir Putin’s closest ally in the European Union – made the starling claims during a sprawling interview with former Fox News host Tucker Carlson.
The controversial and often outspoken Hungarian leader described any suggestion Ukraine can defeat Russia in the bloody 18-month conflict as a “lie”.
In a bizarre twist, he claimed returning Trump – who is facing criminal charges for allegedly trying to overturn the 2020 presidential election – to office would be the “only way out” of the war.
Orban told Carlson: Ukraine’s victory against Russia “is not just a misunderstanding. It is a lie. It’s impossible.
“[Ukrainians] will run out earlier of soldiers than the Russians. What finally will count is boots on the ground and the Russians are far stronger.”
But when asked what he would do if he were President Biden, the Hungarian prime minister gave a stunning reply and said: “Call back Trump!
“Because you know, you can criticize him for many reasons, but the best foreign policy of the recent several decades belongs to him.
“He did not initiate any new war, he treated nicely the North Koreans, and Russia and even the Chinese … and if he would have been the president at the moment of the Russian invasion [of Ukraine], it would be not possible to do that by the Russians.”
Orban added: “Trump is the man who can save the Western world.”
Earlier this year, presidential hopeful Trump insisted he In May, the presidential election hopeful insisted he would be the best person to bring Russia’s war in Ukraine to an end – and could make that happen within a day.
He had said: “If I were president, and I say this, I will end that war in one day, it would take 24 hours.
“I know Zelensky well, I know Putin well. I would get that ended in a period of 24 hours. It would be easy, that deal would be easy.”
Last month, Trump explained in more detail over how he would end Russia’s brutal war in Ukraine if he were president when asked the question during an interview with Fox News host Maria Bartiromo
He replied: “I know Zelensky very well, I know Putin very well—even better – and I had a very good relationship with both of them.”
Trump said he would tell Ukrainian president Volodymyr Zelensky: “No more, you gotta make a deal,” and would warn Putin: “If you don’t make a deal, we’re gonna give them a lot. We’re gonna give more than they ever got.”
Meanwhile, the view from Orban on how the war is progressing greatly differs from how US and Ukrainian officials have characterized the invaded country’s prospects for taking back Russian-occupied territory.
Last week, White House national security adviser Jake Sullivan said the current administration does “not assess that the conflict is a stalemate.”
He told reporters in a briefing: “We continue to support Ukraine in its effort to take territory as part of this counteroffensive, and we are seeing it continue to take territory on a methodical, systematic basis.”
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