President Volodymyr Zelensky admitted he is afraid of Donald Trump winning the U.S. presidential election in 2024 and returning to the White House, saying he is unsure how the 45th president would have responded had Russia invaded if he was commander-in-chief.
Zelensky went on to praise the response of the Biden administration, which has already handed over billions of dollars worth of weapons aid since the invasion began in 2022.
But Zelensky admitted that he was more comfortable dealing with Biden, and the prospect of Trump being re-elected and retunring to the White House could be difficult for his war effort.
“President Biden is the president during a full-scale war, and he has been more helpful to us than President Trump,” Zelensky told the Wall Street Journal.
“In a situation like this, when there is support, you are afraid of changes,” Zelensky said.
“And to be honest, when you mention a change of administration, I feel the same way as anyone… You want changes for the better, but it can also be the other way around.”
As Breittbart reported:
He also appeared uncomfortable with Donald Trump’s claim that he would be able to negotiate a peace settlement to the Ukraine War within 24 hours, adding that the 45th American leader did not seem to care that Ukrainian territory — namely Crimea — was being “occupied” by Russia during his presidency after being illegally annexed under the Obama administration in 2014.
Zelensky also reportedly used the interview as an opportunity to beg the West for more Patriot missile systems, claiming that his country currently does not have enough of the defensive weapons to protect both the frontline and civilians in cities.
“There’s currently one weapon capable of stopping some types of missiles launched by the Russian Federation against our civilian population, schools, infrastructure and energy system,” he said. “The only system in the world is the Patriot.”
The Ukrainian President said that “50 Patriots” would be enough to protect Ukraine from Russian air attacks, adding that such weapons would be extremely beneficial to any Ukrainian counteroffensive.
As CNN reported in May:
Ukraine currently has two Patriot air defense systems in the country, one donated by the U.S. and the other donated jointly by Germany and the Netherlands. It is unclear which of those systems was damaged, but taking one out of commission – even for a short period – would affect Ukraine’s ability to defend Kyiv amid intensifying Russian missile attacks.
Russia has targeted the Patriot systems with hypersonic missiles before, U.S. officials told CNN last week, including once on May 4. The officials said that the attack failed, and Ukrainians successfully intercepted the missile before it could hit the Patriot.
After extensive lobbying by the Ukrainians to provide them with a sophisticated air defense system, the U.S. spent ten weeks training Ukrainian troops on maintaining and operating it. U.S. and Western officials were pleasantly surprised by how quickly the Ukrainians learned how to operate the Patriots, which arrived in Ukraine last month.
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