- Fox News’s Sean Hannity requested Donald Trump if Russia’s actions in Ukraine have been “evil.”
- Trump replied by criticizing NATO, which he described as a “paper tiger.”
- The former president has lengthy expressed admiration for Vladimir Putin and prevented direct criticisms of him.
Former President Donald Trump criticized NATO when requested about Russia’s “evil” actions in Ukraine.
“We have mass graves. We have innocent civilians being slaughtered in the streets. We have entire neighborhoods leveled,” Hannity stated. “Do you believe this is evil in our time?”
Trump prevented instantly answering the query and as an alternative criticized NATO.
“I think in 100 years, people are going to look back, and they’re going to say how did we stand back, and NATO stand back, which in many ways I’ve called a paper tiger,” Trump stated.
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The former president claimed he “rebuilt NATO” and criticized member states at size for not spending as a lot because the US.
During his time in workplace, Trump repeatedly threatened to withdraw from the alliance and pressured different member states to enhance protection spending.
In the interview with Fox, Trump additionally repeated his declare that Russian President Vladimir Putin wouldn’t have invaded Ukraine if he was nonetheless president.
“When I look at what’s happening, it never would have happened under the Trump administration,” Trump stated.
“I knew Putin very well, almost as well as I know you, Sean,” Trump advised his long-time good friend Hannity.
“I will tell you. We talked about it. We talked about it a lot. He did want Ukraine, but I said you’re not going into Ukraine.”
In the interview, Trump did consult with Russia’s actions in Ukraine as “genocide,” echoing language utilized by President Joe Biden.
However, he stopped in need of instantly criticizing Putin or characterizing Russia’s actions as evil.
It just isn’t the primary time Hannity has instantly requested the previous president to explain Putin and Russia’s actions as “evil.”
In a March 10 interview, simply weeks after the invasion of Ukraine, Hannity requested Trump: “I think you also recognize that [Putin] is evil, do you not?”
Trump once more prevented answering, replying: “This doesn’t seem to be the same Putin that I was dealing with.”
The former president has lengthy expressed admiration for Putin, typically describing the Russian president as “smart” and praising his battle technique as “genius” within the early days of the invasion.
He has recurrently criticized NATO and US allies whereas boasting about his good relationships with authoritarian leaders resembling Putin.
On Thursday, MSNBC’s Lawrence O’Donnell commented that Trump seems to not have the “moral clarity” of Sean Hannity, in uncommon reward of the Fox News host.
“Donald Trump said nothing. He said a couple of hundred words that included NATO, Mercedes-Benz, Volkswagen, NATO becoming rich, he said something really insulting about Chuck Todd—but he did not dare to say one insulting word about Vladimir Putin,” O’Donnell stated.