After 4 Years Of Helping Putin, Trump Claims He Was Tough On Russian Dictator
Trump praised Putin for four years, made excuses for his Crimea invasion, and tried to extort Ukraine’s president while holding hostage $391 million in aid.
Former President Donald Trump on Saturday continued to claim that Russian President Vladimir Putin would not have invaded Ukraine had Trump been in the White House ― an assertion that ignores how Trump spent four years advancing policies that matched Putin’s longtime goals.
“It would have been so easy for me to stop this travesty,” Trump said, while continuing to perpetuate his lie that the 2020 election was “stolen” from him. “As everyone understands, this horrific event would not have happened if there wasn’t a rigged election and I was president.”
Former president Donald Trump invoked the U.S. Space Force on Saturday in response to a question about what he would do to in response to Russia’s invasion of Ukraine.
During a news conference before his speech at the Conservative Political Action Conference, Trump was asked, “If you were president right now, and the situation is what it is right now … what should Joe Biden do?”
“Well I think I know exactly what should be done,” Trump responded. “There are things that he should do, I would rather not tell him under this forum. I don’t think it’s appropriate to say that. But there are things he could do that would be very strong, very powerful, and I think would end it pretty quickly.”
“Remember this, we are the greatest nuclear power — when I was in office, I had it rebuilt, modernized, and also rebuilt our military, also started Space Force, which has a lot to do with what we’re talking about,” Trump added. “But Russia has an almost equal nuclear power, and China is five years behind, but they have very substantial nuclear power. We all have to be very careful.”
Seeing Trump’s approach to Putin, Russia in a brutal new light
Donald Trump’s record on Russia is filled with scandals and weakness. Someone probably ought to remind his Republican allies about this fact.
As Russia’s Vladimir Putin began his invasion of Ukraine this week, Donald Trump made no effort to hide his adulation. The Republican described the Russian leader’s military offensive as “genius” and “very savvy.” Referring to Putin declaring portions of Ukraine as independent, Trump said it was a “wonderful” strategy.
The former U.S. president even went so far as to endorse the Kremlin’s rhetoric, saying Putin would “be a peacekeeper,” adding, “They’re gonna keep peace all right.”
Yesterday, Trump kept going, issuing a written statement touting Putin and admonishing his own country’s president. Last night at Mar-a-Lago, the Republican kept the celebration going, telling an assembled crowd how “smart” Putin is for launching a military offensive against his neighbor.