Putin Turns on Trump, Says “Nyet” to Hunter Biden Story
The mainstream, aka responsible, media’s refusal to play along with the crazy Rudy Giuliani laptop fable about Hunter Biden and alleged dirty business dealings in Ukraine is making heads explode in the Trump campaign and in the Rupert Murdoch media echo chamber. Donald Trump has called Hunter Biden a “vacuum cleaner” who followed his father all over the world sucking up cash bribes and called reporters “criminals” for not reporting the story.
Well now it looks like Trump has lost one of his dictatorial besties. Russian President Vladimir Putin on Sunday said he sees “nothing criminal” about Hunter Biden’s supposed past business ties in Ukraine or Russia. He made his comments via video conference during a meeting of the Valdai Discussion Club in Moscow.
Putin has praised Trump in the past for wanting better U.S.-Russian relations, but he appeared less friendly towards Trump in remarks broadcast by Russian state TV on Sunday. According to a Reuters report, “In what may be seen by some analysts as an attempt to try to curry favour with the Biden camp, he took the time to knock down what he made clear he regarded as false allegations from Trump about the Bidens.”
“Yes, in Ukraine he (Hunter Biden) had or maybe still has a business, I don’t know. It doesn’t concern us. It concerns the Americans and the Ukrainians,” said Putin. “But well yes he had at least one company, which he practically headed up, and judging from everything he made good money. I don’t see anything criminal about this, at least we don’t know anything about this (being criminal).”
Putin is quite the cagey former KGB spymaster and it’s quite possible he was simply hedging his bet on the U.S. presidential election by saying something nice about Biden. That’s because on Monday the Kremlin’s rhetoric swung the other way as a Putin spokesperson asserted that Biden’s assessment of Russia as the biggest threat to U.S. national security was “wrong and encouraged hatred of Russia.”