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How weak was Trump on Russia and Putin? Let's count the ways.

By Curt_Anderson
February 24, 2022 12:32 pm
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1. Trump sides with Russia against FBI at Helsinki summit
(BBC)At a news conference after the summit, President Trump was asked if he believed his own intelligence agencies or the Russian president when it came to the allegations of meddling in the elections. "President Putin says it's not Russia. I don't see any reason why it would be," he replied.

2. Congress feared Trump could not be trusted with Russia, and they didn’t want to leave him the unilateral power to end sanctions via executive order. When it came time to sign a veto-proof sanctions bill, Trump did so grudgingly and called it "seriously flawed."
(CNN, August 3, 2017)President Donald Trump signed into law Wednesday morning legislation that levies new sanctions against Russia and restricts Trump's own ability to ease sanctions in place against Moscow.

3. (BBC)Trump advocated the weakening the international alliance, NATO, which he called "obsolete".

4. (The Guardian)Donald Trump has offered to invite Vladimir Putin to an expanded G7 meeting in September, but the invitation has already been adamantly opposed by the UK and Canada.

5. Trump was impeached for withholding military aid to Ukraine to extract political favors.

6. Trump described Putin's sending Russian troops into rebel-held areas of Ukraine as "genius," "savvy" and "smart."

7. In a Super Bowl interview with Fox News’ Bill O’Reilly, Trump expressed his admiration for Putin who has ordered the assassinations (often by means of exotic poisons) of his political enemies.

“But he's a killer,” O’Reilly said to Trump.

"There are a lot of killers. You think our country's so innocent?" Trump replied.

8. Etc.



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  1. by HatetheSwamp on February 24, 2022 12:41 pm

    Odd, ain't, that Putin launched this offensive during the regime of the Roaring Lion, Joe Biden.

    Bahahahahahahahahahaha!


  2. by HatetheSwamp on February 24, 2022 12:45 pm
    BTW, the word is "weak."


  3. by Curt_Anderson on February 24, 2022 12:48 pm
    It took Putin awhile to amass a slush fund to insulate himself and his oligarchs from the financial hit that he anticipated from sanctions.


  4. by HatetheSwamp on February 24, 2022 12:53 pm

    No doubt, Putin's nutz to even THINK about trying this with Joe Biden standing in his way. Still, surprisingly, he seems to be doing well enuff.


  5. by islander on February 24, 2022 2:07 pm

    Putin is also I’m sure, keenly aware as each day passes that the power his man Trump once wielded is slipping away. As Trump and his allies like Fox news, Tucker Carlson, and the other crazies and their ilk in the Trump/Republican party are finally being seen for what they are by the majority of the American people (and they are now recognizing it) then the divisions they have sown among the American people will crumble and a “United America” will be a much stronger foe. So, at least in his own mind, as the old saying goes, Putin better “git what he can now while the gitten’s good” cuz it ain’t gonna last much longer and he knows it’s quickly fading away.


  6. by Donna on February 24, 2022 4:22 pm
    "So, why is Trump praising Putin? For Trump, everything -- and I mean everything -- is transactional. There is no right or wrong. There's only, can you do this thing or not, and what does it get you versus what does it cost you. In Trump's worldview, might makes right. If you can take something, you should. Being perceived as strong -- in your own country and in the world -- is all that matters." - Chris Cillizza
    cnn.com


  7. by HatetheSwamp on February 25, 2022 4:18 am

    Trump didn't praise Putin. I listened to the whole hour of Clay and Buck.

    I know the difference between truth and Blue MAGA hate-myth.

    Why you all seem to need to tell and spread that lie?...

    Honest question. Are you lying about Trump to divert from the truth about the Roaring Bear from Delaware?


  8. by Ponderer on February 25, 2022 7:43 am

    "Trump didn't praise Putin." -HATE

    So you think he was being sarcastic when he called what Putin is doing in Ukraine "genius"?

    You are one of the most gullible Trump apologists I have ever known.
    politico.com


  9. by Ponderer on February 25, 2022 7:43 am
    ...


  10. by Curt_Anderson on February 25, 2022 9:59 am
    Here is what Donald Trump told Fox News's Bret Baer in 2018 on how he'd handle Putin if he were to invade the Ukraine...

    "...but as an example, if Vladimir Putin were sitting next to me at a table instead of one of the others and we were having dinner the other night in Canada, I could say ‘Would you do me a favor? Would you get out of Syria?’ ‘Would you do me a favor, would you get out of Ukraine? You shouldn’t be there. Just come on,” he said.


  11. by HatetheSwamp on February 25, 2022 10:09 am

    Trump Trump Trump Trump,
    Trump Trump Trump Trump,
    Trump Trump Trump Trump,...

    TRUMP!!!!!

    The truth about the Roaring Bear from Delaware and Ukraine, remains.


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