Russia’s invasion of Ukraine has left 364 civilians dead, including more than 20 children on Sunday, according to the United Nations, and hundreds more injured.
Trump quickly changed his mind about Russian President Vladimir Putin after last month calling him a “genius” and calling him “smart”, “learned” and “brilliant”.
“I mean, he takes over a country for two dollars worth of sanctions,” Trump said Feb. 23. “I would say that’s pretty smart.”
But on Saturday, Trump quickly changed his mind. He called Putin’s unprovoked and unwarranted attack on Ukraine a “massive crime against humanity”.
“Will all of these nations stand idly by and watch perhaps millions being slaughtered as the onslaught continues?” he asked, according to CBS News.
“When do countries say, ‘No, we can’t accept this massive crime against humanity?’ We can’t let this happen, we can’t let this continue to happen.
Trump then praised North Korean President Kim Jong-un in the high-profile speech.
He described Kim’s grip on North Korea as one of “total control”, saying he was impressed by the way the generals and general staff “cowled up” in his presence.
“His people were at attention,” Trump said. “I looked at my people and said, ‘I want my people to act like this. “”