Mar 1. 2022: Former U.S President Donald Trump has said that President Joe Biden and NATO were “dumb” compared to their “smart” Russian counterpart Vladimir Putin, which he said led to the Moscow attack on Ukraine.
Trump made the remarks while addressing the Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAC) on Saturday. According to a report by RT, Trump said, “We were a smart country. Now we’re a stupid country,” he went on to argue that “Russia respected America” when he was at its helm, but now Joe Biden is seen as “weak,”
Addressing his supporters, Trump noted that he was the only U.S president of the 21st century to not oversee Russia’s military action abroad.
Trump suggested that Putin “made his decision to ruthlessly attack Ukraine only after watching the pathetic [US] withdrawal from Afghanistan” last year, and claimed that the Russian leader was “playing Biden like a drum.”
“Yesterday reporters asked me if I thought President Putin was smart. I said of course he’s smart, to which I was greeted with, ‘Oh, that’s such a terrible thing to say,’” said Trump, before doubling down on his remark that Putin is indeed “smart.”
“The NATO nations and indeed the world, as he looks over what’s happening strategically with no repercussions or threats whatsoever, they’re not so smart. They’re looking the opposite of smart,” the 45th president continued, suggesting that the West should have threatened Moscow with more severe penalties in addition to sanctions.
“Putin is saying, ‘Oh, they’re going to sanction me. They’ve sanctioned me for the last 25 years. You mean I can take over a whole country and they’re gonna sanction me. You mean they’re not gonna blow us to pieces, at least psychologically?’”
At the CPAC conference in Orlando, Florida, which ended on Sunday, conservatives reiterated the line that Putin had decided to invade Ukraine because he knew Biden was “weak.” Republican politicians have largely refrained from praising Putin, however.
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