WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW:
- Former President Trump is volunteering to head up a team to negotiate a peace settlement between Ukraine and Russia.
- Trump said it’s time to “get a negotiated deal” after news of the leak in the Nord Stream pipeline broke out.
- Posting on Truth Social, the former president said “The entire World is at stake.”
Former President Donald Trump suggested on Wednesday that he could lead a team to broker peace between Russia and Ukraine.
In a pair of posts on Truth Social, Trump expressed his concern with the apparent sabotage of the critical undersea Nord Stream gas pipeline between eastern Russia and Europe
In his first post, Trump claimed the pipeline had been sabotaged, which “could lead to major escalation, or War!”
“U.S. ‘Leadership’ should remain ‘cool, calm, and dry’ on the SABOTAGE of the Nord Stream Pipelines. This is a big event that should not entail a big solution, at least not yet,” the former president wrote.
Trump also repeated his claim that the Ukraine war would never have happened if he had been president and offered solutions to the situation.
“Do not make matters worse with the pipeline blowup. Be strategic, be smart (brilliant!), get a negotiated deal done NOW,” Trump wrote. “Both sides need and want it. The entire World is at stake. I will head up group???”
Trump’s statements were in contrast to some remarks he made in the early days of the Ukraine war.
The former president previously lauded Putin for his actions in relation to Ukraine, even calling the Russian leader a ‘genius.’ Then in March, Trump made a comment that he would send nuclear submarines to go “up and down” Russia’s coast to pressure Putin. He also joked that the US should use Chinese flags on its fighter jets and “bomb the shit” out of Russia.
Trump has also once said that Putin never would have invaded Ukraine were he still president
Experts said the Nord Stream gas pipeline leaks were likely triggered by powerful underwater blasts rather than a natural event. German media outlets have hinted that it was an act of sabotage.
The Nord Stream pipeline provides fossil fuels critical for eastern European countries to meet their energy demands. The apparent sabotage is seen by some as an apparent threat by Russia to cripple the economies of Ukrainian allies like Germany into alleviating economic sanctions that have served to stall the Russian war effort.