The escalation of the Ukrainian crisis
Trump calls Putin’s actions ‘cool’ and ‘smart’
“Brilliant,” “clever,” “clever.” These are the words former US President Donald Trump is thinking about Vladimir Putin’s actions in the Ukraine crisis. In a radio interview, he also emphasized how well he knows Putin.
Publication date: 02:24 AM
Updated: 13 minutes ago
Former US President Donald Trump, 75, has commented on Russian President Vladimir Putin’s actions in the Ukraine crisis. He describes them as “brilliant,” “clever,” and “clever.” Trump said this on a conservative radio show hosted by podcasters Buck Sexton and Clay Travis.
Trump described Putin’s announcement that he would recognize separatist regions in eastern Ukraine and send soldiers to the region as “wonderful.” Then he added that the Russian president is “smart” and “clever”.
“Oh that’s cool”
He says that the day before he saw Putin’s speech on television, he recognized the “people’s republics” of Luhansk and Donetsk. He says, “I said, ‘This is great’.” Putin declares independence of a large part of Ukraine. Oh, that’s great. “
Trump, whom his critics accused of being too close to Putin during his tenure, also said of the Russian president: “I know him very well. Really good.” Then he said of Putin’s actions in Ukraine: “You have to say that’s very clever. And do you know what Biden’s response was? There was no answer.”
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Trump blames Biden
Trump then claims that with his presence as head of the United States’ power this would not have happened: “This would never have happened to us.” Trump said it would have been unimaginable while he was in office. His successor, Joe Biden, 79, has been accused of failing to deal with Russia.
Asked about Trump’s comment, White House spokeswoman Jen Psaki said Tuesday evening (local time): “We generally try not to take advice from anyone praising President Putin and his military strategy.”
Putin on Monday recognized the independence of the breakaway regions of Donetsk and Luhansk in eastern Ukraine. The head of the Kremlin ordered to send Russian soldiers. The West accuses him of violating international law.
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