Trump refuses Zelenskyy’s Ukraine visit offer over conflict of interest concerns

Trump refuses Zelenskyy's Ukraine visit offer | Credits: Getty
Trump refuses Zelenskyy's Ukraine visit offer | Credits: Getty

Washington, United States: Former President of the United States – Donald Trump, has refused to pay a visit to Ukraine after President Volodymyr Zelenskyy offered him to come. Trump expressed that this visit could “create a conflict of interest” with President Joe Biden.

Donald Trump’s claim to put an end to the ongoing war within 24 hours

According to the reports, former President Donald Trump has outlined that his negotiation skills can help put an end to the ongoing Russia-Ukraine war in just 24 hours.

Former President Donald Trump | Credits: Getty Images

Skepticism has been expressed by Zelenskyy over this remark by the former president. However, he expressed that Trump had done little to quell the ongoing conflict between Ukraine and Russia during his time in the White House.

Zelenskyy’s invitation to Trump

During an interview with Zelenskyy at the ‘Meet the Press’ session of NBC, the issue was raised again, to which he replied that he would like to personally invite the former President and explain to him in “24 minutes” that Russian President Vladimir Putin would make negotiating a satisfactory end to the war impossible.

“Former President Trump said that [in] about 24 hours, that he can manage it and finish the war,” President Zelenskyy mentioned.

He added, “I invite President Trump … If he can come here, I will need 24 minutes—yes, 24 minutes. Not more. Yes. Not more—24 minutes to explain [to] President Trump that he can’t manage this war … He can’t bring peace because of Putin.”

Trump’s refusal of the invitation

While having an interaction with Newsmax on Monday, Donald Trump declined the offer by Zelenskyy. However, he stressed the fact that he has “great respect” for the Ukrainian president, but this is not the appropriate time to visit Ukraine.

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According to reports by Newsmax, Trump was quoted saying, “I have great respect for President Zelensky, but think it would be inappropriate to go to Ukraine at this time. The Biden administration is currently dealing with him, and I would not want to create a conflict of interest.”

Following this, Newsweek reached out to the office of Donald Trump and the White House to seek comments on Monday.

Trump’s prior comment on Russia’s invasion of Ukraine

In January, the former President, through a post on Truth Social, mentioned that the Russian invasion “would never have” happened if he had remained in the White House. Although he mentioned that he could negotiate to put an end to the war within “24 hours.”