Trump hits out at Putin for using the word nuclear says no war if he was president

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Former US President Donald Asset said that if he was still in office, there would be “no war”, referring to the conflict in Ukraine. But, moving away from the “peacemaker” image he has tried to cultivate during his administration, Trump’s method of dealing with Russia, as he described it in the interview, would be questionable at best and reckless at worst.

Appearing in an unrestrained interview on Piers Morgan uncensoredTrump lambasted the Russian president for repeatedly using the “word nuclear” and revealed what he would do to silence him.

Putin uses the ‘N-word’. I call it the ‘N-word’. That’s a no-no,” Trump said, adding that he would remind Putin that the United States has “far more (weapons)” that are “far, far more powerful” than what Moscow does.

“You can never use the word ‘nuclear’ again [with me]. And if you do, we’re going to be in trouble,” Trump said in the controversial interview.

Trump is right. The head of any responsible nuclear-weapon state does not resort to nuclear rhetoric, knowing the devastating effects of nuclear war. But Trump is as impulsive as Putin when he says he would have flexed America’s nuclear muscles to ward off the threat of a Russian assault.

In the fluid situation of war, caution is paramount, as it doesn’t take much for rhetoric to become reality and a deployment of tactical nuclear weapons could also quickly escalate into a tragedy where strategic weapons are unleashed.

Could Trump avoid war?

Notwithstanding what Trump said in the interview, let’s dwell on the question: Could Trump have actually stopped the war in Ukraine, or not started it in the first place?

Trump’s commitment to the NATO alliance itself was called into question when he made budget cuts in 2019, reducing what the United States pays to maintain the NATO headquarters, joint security investments and certain combined military operations. The United States provided some 22% of NATO’s direct funding. The Trump administration has sought to reduce its contribution to around 16%, on par with European allies. Even before becoming president, Trump had spoken out against US spending on NATO.
It is then quite possible that Trump will keep NATO on a leash, which could put the brakes on Ukraine’s admission into the group formed during the Cold War era.

Russia might not then launch a full-scale invasion of its western neighbor, but the ongoing conflict in the breakaway regions would continue.

Trump may not have actively prevented a war, but because of his stance on NATO, he may have succeeded.

Image of peacemaker

Trump has previously touted his “record” of being the only US president after Eisenhower (in power 1953-1961) who didn’t start a new war during his 4-year term as president. The allegation was verified by foreign media and they found that Presidents Carter, Ford and Nixon all served after Eisenhower and did not drag the country into new wars. But that is not the subject here.

Trump has tried carefully to cultivate a peacemaker image throughout his years in office. So much so that he won a Nobel Peace Prize nomination not once but twice, albeit from a far-right Norwegian politician. In 2020, Trump was nominated for his reconciliation efforts between North Korea and South Korea. The following year, he was named for brokering the peace accord, officially the Abraham Accords peace accord, between Israel and the United Arab Emirates.

On top of that, Trump had pushed for further US troop withdrawals from Iraq, Afghanistan and even Syria.

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