Donald Trump never did a good job of hiding his admiration for Vladimir Putin. In fact, the former President was often complimentary of the Authoritarian leader.
Trump’s praise for Putin has continued in the leadup to the Russian invasion of Ukraine with the ex-President recently calling the tyrant smart. During a Wednesday appearance on MSNBC, Michael McFaul said that Trump’s words will soon look “atrocious.”
The former U.S. Ambassador to Russia told Joy Reid:
“There is an autocratic Putin that’s about to attack a democratic Ukraine, and if all the predictions that we have, all the intelligence is right, tens of thousands of people are going to die, and Mr. Pompeo’s comments that he just made yesterday or today, and Mr. Trump’s comments that he just made, are going to look really, really silly. They’re going to look atrocious that when it was good and evil, they were standing next to evil.”
McFaul continued, “And the second thing that they fundamentally don’t get, they always talk about ‘Biden’s weak, Biden’s weak, Biden’s weak.’ What makes us weak in the world is this kind of division. This is exactly what makes us weak when we are divided amongst ourselves when it’s a clear-cut thing between good and evil. We are on the eve of probably the biggest war in Europe since 1939, and what are they focused on? Attacking the president of the United States. That makes us weak.”
Watch a clip of the segment below, courtesy of MSNBC:
.@McFaul: "We are on the eve of probably the biggest war in Europe since 1939, and what are they focused on? Attacking the president of the United States? That makes us weak." #TheReidOut #reiders pic.twitter.com/LVDFTQYVQ5
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