What will Trump’s boasting on CNN mean for 2024?

In an appearance on CNN, former US President Donald Trump declared that he could end the war in Ukraine within 24 hours, however without explaining how exactly he would go about doing it if given the chance. Trump also repeated his claims that the 2020 election was rigged. Commentators are unsurprised but take a look at the potentially serious consequences.

Frankfurter Rundschau (DE) /

Lies and racism as a business model

The Frankfurter Rundschau found Trump’s CNN appearance revealing:

“The de facto Republican presidential candidate will continue to divide the country with his business model of lies, anti-democratic and nationalist-racist overtones until the election at the end of next year. Whether he can win the election with this, however, remains to be seen after his defeats against Joe Biden and lacklustre performance in the midterms. ... Trump makes it easy for the Democrats because he is predictable and offers them easy targets. ... But Biden will also have to step up his game to win over the undecided and his core voters.”

Andreas Schwarzkopf
Radio Kommersant FM (RU) /

Moscow is delighted

Trump’s statements will go down well with the Kremlin, Radio Kommersant FM notes:

“The former leader in the White House believes that it is first and foremost up to Europe to take care of Ukraine, because that’s where Kyiv wants to be. So in his mind America has nothing to do with it. ... Trump remains true to himself, nothing new — same old same old. ... In Russia, meanwhile, the hope is that the former US president will put the Western world back on track — get it to come to its senses and realise that it was wrong. And what’s more, that it will tire of Ukraine and realise the futility of its policy. Indeed, a Trump victory would be a sign of this very weariness.”

Dmitrij Drise