Since the invasion of Ukraine, Donald Trump’s line has changed little. in a campaign rally in Georgia, March 26the former president launched: “I am the only president of the XXIme century under whose command Russia did not invade any country. And during my four years in office, China did not invade Taiwan. But it could happen because [Xi Jinping] don’t respect us » Then, once again, he praised Russian President Vladimir Putin. “The smartest come to the top”he told the crowd. He added that Putin had made a ” big mistake “even though “Looks like a great deal”.
Two days before the Russian attack, interviewed by conservative radiosaid he saw in Putin a “genius”. When his interlocutor asks him if he is not afraid that “The Biden administration is caught up in the ongoing military conflict in Ukraine”he answers : “Well, I’d rather see them send soldiers to our southern border. »
On February 24, a few hours after the invasion began, he declared, during a fundraiser, at his house in Mar-a-Lagoin Florida : “He invades a country and just gets punished in a ridiculous way: he’s pretty smart. »
A few days later, during a speech at the Conservative Political Action ConferenceTrump clarified his point of view. About Volodymyr Zelensky he said: “He is a brave man, he is holding on. » “The problem is not that Putin is smart, because, of course, he is smart”, he continued. For him, Putin decided to invade Ukraine after witnessing the pathetic withdrawal of the United States from Afghanistan. “The problem is that our leaders are stupid…”, he says before praising the quality of his relations with Putin, Xi Jinping or Kim Jong-un. Finally, in early March, he did not hesitate to compare NATO to a « paper tiger ».
However, few Republicans follow the line of the former president. His former vice president, Mike Pence, said there was no place in the party for those who do “Putin’s Apology”. South Carolina Senator Lindsey Graham has even suggested that Putin should be assassinated.
The “vast majority of the Republican Party (…)both in Congress and across the country, he fully supports the Ukrainians and urges the president to take these steps faster, to be bolder.”said on March 20 Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell, in the program “Face the Nation”. And he called for more weapons for Ukrainians and felt that elected officials like Madison Cawthorn, who called Volodymyr Zelensky a gangster, or Marjorie Taylor Greene, who refuses to finance a war Ukraine cannot win, do not represent the opinion of the Republican Party.
In a interview aired on tuesday For the program “Just the News” of the Real America’s Voice, Donald Trump assures that the wife of a Moscow mayor gave 3.5 million dollars to Hunter Biden and his ” family “. “That’s a lot of money. She gave him $3.5 million and I think Putin would have the answer. I think he should make it public.”explained the former Republican president.