Donald Trump and Vladimir Putin
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Former US President Donald Trump strongly hinted that he plans to run for the White House again two years later. Amid Russia's invasion of Ukraine, Trump also praised Vladimir Putin while calling Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky "a brave man."

At the annual Conservative Political Action Conference Saturday, Trump said that Zelensky is a brave man and that he's "hanging in." But Trump declined to back away from complimenting Putin as "smart," reported CNN. The former US President said that the problem is not that "Putin is smart, which, of course, he's smart."

He pointed out that the problem is that leaders of the US are "dumb, and so far, allowed him to get away with this travesty and assault on humanity." He said that Putin is playing US President Joe Biden "like a drum and it's not a pretty thing to watch."

Linking the Russian invasion of Ukraine with the US 2020 presidential election, Trump said that "this horrific disaster would never have happened if our election was not rigged and if I was the president."

According to Reuters, Trump has not officially confirmed whether he will run for president again in 2024, but he hinted at it Saturday. The former President said that in November 2024, the Democrats "will find out like never before." He added, "We did it twice, and we'll do it again. We're going to be doing it again, a third time."

Meanwhile, Trump warned that Russia’s invasion in Ukraine could lead to "world war." He told Fox News that the Biden administration will have to "do a lot more than just sanctions" to stop Putin. He added that Russia’s war on Ukraine "never should have happened," and called it a horrible thing.

He thinks it's a "shame" that this is going on, and feels "this can lead to much bigger than this one area." Trump warned that this could "lead to a lot of other countries and can lead to world war." He said that you never think a war is going to come out of it, but all of a sudden, "you end up in a world war." According to him, this is a "very dangerous period" for the US.

Vladimir Putin and Donald Trump
Russian President Vladimir Putin hands U.S. President Donald Trump (L) a World Cup football during a joint press conference after their summit on July 16, 2018 in Helsinki, Finland. The two leaders met one-on-one and discussed a range of issues including the 2016 U.S Election collusion. Photo by Chris McGrath/Getty Images

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