“This is a horrible thing that is happening,” Trump said. “You are witnessing it, seeing it every night.”
Ukraine has been able to stand up to its much-larger neighbor, in part, because of the weapons provided through his administration, Trump added, meaning that a peace deal could be worked out with Russia, which is “not looking so good.”
“You have to work out a deal,” he said. “They have to stop killing these people … but they don’t respect the United States, and the United States, they aren’t doing anything about it.”
But the United States is spending billions of dollars every day buying Russian oil, rather than opening its capabilities, and that is funding Russia’s efforts, said Trump.
“You stop buying their oil, and that will do it,” said Trump. “We don’t need oil from these other countries. These countries are not our friends. We don’t need oil from them. The biggest advantage we have over China is the fact they don’t have oil. We do. It is liquid gold under our feet.”
Meanwhile, Trump said he feels “somewhat vindicated” with Germany’s decision to send weapons to Ukraine and to pay more into NATO.