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 November 7, 2023

Trump turns down invitation to visit Zelensky in Ukraine

Former President Donald Trump reportedly turned down an invitation to visit Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky in Ukraine.

Zelensky offered the invitation to the former president during a Sunday interview with NBC.

Trump's response

“I have great respect for President Zelenskyy, but think it would be inappropriate to go to Ukraine at this time,” Trump wrote in a statement.

“The Biden administration is currently dealing with him, and I would not want to create a conflict of interest," he added.

Zelensky's words

“Former President Trump said that about 24 hours, that he can manage it and finish the war,” Zelensky said during the interview, according to the Hill. “For me, what can I say? So he’s very welcome as well.”

President Biden was here, and I think he understood some details which you can understand only being here,” Zelensky continued. “So I invite President Trump. If he can come here, I will need 24 minutes.”

Next steps

"Trump's declining the trip to Ukraine comes amid reports of faltering morale within Ukrainian forces and western urgings to Kyiv to pursue peace with Russia. Zelensky for his part has adamantly refused to negotiate with Moscow," Just the News reported.

"He further on Monday hinted that Ukraine may not hold presidential elections in 2024, should the conflict continue into that period," it noted.

The invitation also comes as Trump continues to lead polls among Republican presidential contenders in his comeback bid for president.

Trump continues to face a number of legal battles on his road to return to the White House, including a New York fraud trial targeting his business for $250 million in liability. He also faces over 90 charges in cases in Washington, Georgia and Florida.

The former president may have turned down a trip to Ukraine for now, but has long promised to quickly bring an end to Russia's invasion of the nation if he returns to power. Until then, both parties have continued to pour billions of dollars into Ukraine with no end to the war in sight, leading many Americans to now desire to stop sending help to the war-torn nation despite the serious toll on Ukraine.

Written By:
Dillon Burroughs

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