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Trump Criticized NATO, Dodged Russia’s ‘Evil’ Actions on Fox News


  • Fox Information’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 previous president has lengthy expressed admiration for Vladimir Putin and averted direct criticisms of him.

Former President Donald Trump criticized NATO when requested about Russia’s “evil” actions in Ukraine.

In an interview with the previous president on Wednesday, Fox Information host Sean Hannity requested him about “warfare crimes and atrocities” being dedicated by Russia “from Bucha to Mariupol.”

“We’ve mass graves. We’ve harmless civilians being slaughtered within the streets. We’ve total neighborhoods leveled,” Hannity stated. “Do you imagine that is evil in our time?”

Trump averted straight answering the query and as an alternative criticized NATO.

“I believe in 100 years, persons are going to look again, and they’ll say how did we stand again, and NATO stand again, which in some ways I’ve known as a paper tiger,” Trump stated.

 

The previous president claimed he “rebuilt NATO” and criticized member states at size for not spending as a lot because the US.

Throughout his time in workplace, Trump repeatedly threatened to withdraw from the alliance and pressured different member states to improve protection spending.

Within the interview with Fox, Trump additionally repeated his declare that Russian President Vladimir Putin wouldn’t have invaded Ukraine if he was nonetheless president.

“Once I have a look at what’s occurring, it by no means would have occurred underneath the Trump administration,” Trump stated.

“I knew Putin very properly, nearly in addition to I do know you, Sean,” Trump instructed his long-time pal Hannity.

“I’ll inform you. We talked about it. We talked about it loads. He did need Ukraine, however I stated you are not going into Ukraine.”

Within the interview, Trump did confer with Russia’s actions in Ukraine as “genocide,” echoing language utilized by President Joe Biden.

Nonetheless, he stopped wanting straight criticizing Putin or characterizing Russia’s actions as evil. 

It’s not the primary time Hannity has straight 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 believe you additionally acknowledge that [Putin] is evil, do you not?”

Trump once more averted answering, replying: “This does not appear to be the identical Putin that I used to be coping with.”

Donald Trump and Vladimir Putin

President Donald Trump and Russian President Vladimir Putin arrive at a joint press convention after their summit on July 16, 2018 in Helsinki, Finland.

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The previous president has lengthy expressed admiration for Putin, usually describing the Russian president as “good” and praising his warfare technique as “genius” within the early days of the invasion.

He has frequently criticized NATO and US allies whereas boasting about his good relationships with authoritarian leaders akin to Putin.

On Thursday, MSNBC’s Lawrence O’Donnell commented that Trump seems to not have the “ethical readability” of Sean Hannity, in uncommon reward of the Fox Information host.

“Donald Trump stated nothing. He stated a few hundred phrases that included NATO, Mercedes-Benz, Volkswagen, NATO turning into wealthy, he stated one thing actually insulting about Chuck Todd—however he didn’t dare to say one insulting phrase about Vladimir Putin,” O’Donnell stated.





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