“I knew Putin very properly. Nearly in addition to I do know you, Sean,” Trump advised his shut confidante, Fox News host Sean Hannity, because the community aired graphic photos of useless our bodies and the injury left by Russian troops in Ukraine.
“I’ll let you know, we talked about it, we talked about it loads, he did need Ukraine, however I mentioned, ‘You’re not going into Ukraine,’” Trump continued. “He would by no means, ever have gone into Ukraine.”
Minutes earlier, Hannity had prompted Trump to denounce Putin.
“I requested you the final time you had been on, whether or not you suppose that that is evil in our time,” Hannity mentioned. “Do you consider that is evil in our time?”
Trump didn’t reply the query; as an alternative ,he ranted about NATO.
“Don’t neglect, I rebuilt NATO,” Trump falsely claimed.
Trump additionally known as what was occurring in Ukraine a “genocide,” joining President Joe Biden in characterizing Russia’s atrocities as such.
Final month, Hannity tried twice to get Trump to sentence Putin throughout an on-air interview, to no avail. Trump additionally confronted backlash after initially praising what he known as the authoritarian chief’s “genius” strategy for invading Ukraine. He has repeatedly insisted that Putin wouldn’t have dared invade Ukraine if he was nonetheless president.
Hannity and Trump’s eldest sons have supplied their very own commentary on the previous president’s relationship to Putin. Hannity said Trump’s reward of the Russian president was “taken out of context.” Donald Trump Jr. claimed his dad’s affection for dictators was an act with the intention to “play these guys.” And Eric Trump lauded his father’s “nice relationship” with Putin and claimed that if he was nonetheless working the nation, he would have merely known as Putin and mentioned, “Vladimir, don’t even take into consideration” invading Ukraine.
There have been hundreds of civilian casualties in Ukraine for the reason that battle started in February and Russian troops have been accused of indiscriminately bombing residential areas and focusing on civilian shelters. The mayor of Mariupol mentioned this week that greater than 20,000 civilian residents had been killed within the invasion. According to the United Nations, some 10 million folks in Ukraine have fled their houses.