Zelensky responded to Trump’s statements that he could resolve the war in Ukraine in just one day if re-elected. “I invite President Trump. If he can come here, I need 24 minutes, no more, to explain to him that he cannot control this war,” he said.
He also emphasized that the war was the fault of Vladimir Putin, whom he called a “terrible man.”
During the interview, Zelensky did not say a word about his own history with Trump. The latter was impeached by the House of Representatives in 2019 because he had asked the Ukrainian leader to collect incriminating information about Joe Biden, then a senator, and his son Hunter in exchange for arms deliveries. The Senate ultimately acquitted Trump, allowing him to complete his term.
President Joe Biden visited Ukraine earlier this year, just days before the first anniversary of the Russian invasion. Republican presidential candidate Chris Christie also went to Ukraine, as did Trump’s Vice President Mike Pence when he was still a presidential candidate.
Zelensky said on Sunday that he has not had contact with Trump since he left the White House in 2021. When asked whether he thinks Trump supports Ukraine, Zelensky responded skeptically. “I really do not know. It depends not only on the president, but also on the opinion of the Americans, of your society.”