Trump news – live: Ex-president’s own national security adviser turns on him over Putin ‘genius’ comment

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As Vladimir Putin attacks Ukraine with ground forces and airstrikes, a State Department spokesperson said he had “no words” in response to praise for the Russian autocrat from Donald Trump.

Twice in two days, the former president has hailed Mr Putin as “smart” and blamed Joe Biden for what is happening.

“He [Mr Putin] was going to be satisfied with a piece and now he sees the weakness and the incompetence and the stupidity of this administration, ”Mr Trump said while speaking with Fox News presenter Laura Ingraham. “As an American I am angry about it and I am saddened by it. And it all happened because of a rigged election. ”

In another video clip from Wednesday night that was circulated on social media, Mr Trump can be heard saying: “Trump said Putin is smart. He’s taken over a country for $ 2 worth of sanctions. I’d say that’s pretty smart. ”

Earlier on Tuesday, Mr Trump hailed Mr Putin as “savvy” and called his move on Ukraine “genius”.


Bernie Sanders calls for world to ‘defend democracy’ in response to Russian invasion of Ukraine

Bernie Sanders has condemned Russia’s invasion of Ukraine as “an act of premeditated aggression” and called for a global response to defend the country from attack.

“This aggression is unacceptable and the nations of the world must respond vigorously to defend democracy and the rule of law,” Mr Sanders said in a video message on Thursday.

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Maroosha Muzaffar25 February 2022 04:35


Trump’s former energy secretary blames Biden for Ukraine crisis

Mr Perry said on Twitter: “Putin got an assist from incompetent world leaders who propped up Russia while risking their own energy security.”

He added: “By killing the KeystoneXL pipeline and rubber stamping NS2, the Administration increased Russia’s leverage over global energy markets, which got us here.”

In another tweet, he said: “It didn’t have to be this way. The United States can rescue Europe from a looming energy crisis by opening the Keystone XL pipeline and exporting US LNG to provide Europe with a reliable energy supply so they do not have to rely on Russia. ”

Maroosha Muzaffar25 February 2022 04:25


Trump’s former press secretary ridiculed for saying Putin has no greater supporters than the Democrats

The last press secretary of the Trump White House was mocked after claiming that her former boss would have done a better job of standing up to Vladimir Putin and Russian aggression in Ukraine on Tuesday.

Kayleigh McEnanynow a co-host of the Fox News show Outnumbered, made the eyebrow-raising remarks on Tuesday’s broadcast while a discussion of Russia‘s decision to move troops into the Donbas was underway.

Oliver O’Connell25 February 2022 04:15


Ilhan Omar warns against broad-based Russia sanctions

Representative Ilhan Omar warned against broad-based sanctions against Russia and said that they could in fact harm Russian citizens.

A day before, former president Donald Trump had called Vladimir Putin a “savvy” man and a genius for taking the decision to invade Ukraine.

But she said that: “I will continue to oppose broad-based sanctions that would amount to collective punishment of a Russian population that did not choose this.”

She added: “I am heartened that the Biden Administration has included humanitarian exemptions and general licenses to the first tranche of sanctions, but I am also aware that exemptions and licenses have never been sufficient to prevent indiscriminate human suffering.”

Maroosha Muzaffar25 February 2022 04:00


Ted Cruz dodges questions on Ukraine after trying to blame Biden

Texas senator Ted Cruz did not react well to being challenged on the timeline he was citing to assign blame for Russia’s invasion of Ukraine to President Joe Biden.

Mr Cruz, who serves on the Senate’s foreign relations committee, spoke to The Independent on Thursday as he arrived to speak at the 2022 Conservative Political Action Conference in Orlando.

Oliver O’Connell25 February 2022 03:30


Outrage as Florida Republicans pass ‘Don’t Say Gay’ bill and ‘Stop Woke Act’

Florida‘s Republican-dominated House of Representatives passed a pair of bills that opponents argue will chill classroom instruction on racism and injustice and stigmatise LGBT+ children and families by banning discussions on sexual orientation and gender identity.

Alex Woodward has the story.

Oliver O’Connell25 February 2022 02:45


Oliver O’Connell25 February 2022 02:00


Biden’s approval polls hang in the balance as he insists he didn’t underestimate Putin

President Joe Biden has insisted he never underestimated Vladimir Putin amid uncertainty over how his response to Russia’s invasion of Ukraine will affect his approval rating.

Mr Biden’s old remarks about Mr Putin were dredged up during a heated Q&A following his remarks on the invasion on Thursday – where he announced harsh new sanctions against the Russian leader and his allies.

The president was asked by Fox News correspondent Peter Doocy: “Did you underestimate Putin, and would you still describe him the way you did in the summer as a ‘worthy adversary?'”

Oliver O’Connell25 February 2022 01:30


Ron DeSantis just turned into Trump’s worst nightmare

The speech given by DeSantis was at times ridiculous, yet also clearly a pitch for a presidential run in 2024 – and he delivered it convincingly, writes Holly Baxter.

Oliver O’Connell25 February 2022 01:00


Biden vows to do ‘everything’ to ‘limit the pain’ on gas prices amid Russia’s Ukraine invasion

President Joe Biden acknowledged a wave of incoming turbulence for the US gas prices and potentially other areas of the economy on Thursday but vowed that his administration would do “everything” it could to minimize the effects felt by Americans.

He made the remarks during a short national address and subsequent q & a session with reporters at the White House, his first address of the type since Russian forces invaded Ukraine late on Wednesday night.

Oliver O’Connell25 February 2022 00:20

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