“In fact, I stand as the only president of the 21st century on whose watch Russia and Putin did not invade any other country,” Donald Trump told the small crowd attending his rally Saturday night in Georgia.
However, it was just another embellishment of yet another lie Trump has served to his more-than-compliant audience of non-fact checkers.Trump is not the only one who was in office during the more dormant periods in the Russian dictator’s military operations. Putin, who served as Russia’s president from 2000 to 2008, and then as its Prime Minister before returning to the presidency in 2012, did in fact invade Georgia in 2008 during George W. Bush’s second term. He also moved in on Ukraine in 2014 on Obama’s watch. It’s also true that Putin did not invade a country during Trump’s term, but Trump made his own moves in Ukraine that led to his first impeachment.
Trump is still delivering tasty quotes printed by TASS. Russian state media relishes every comment that blames Biden and not Putin for Russia's invasion of Ukraine. pic.twitter.com/uK5ptHfwEv
— Julia Davis (@JuliaDavisNews) March 27, 2022
Bill Clinton, who finished his second term in January 2001, also never saw an invasion by Putin into another country. Russia did attack Chechnya twice in the 1990s, but Chechnya is a region of Russia, not a country.
Trump’s former Vice President, Mike Pence, is also spreading his own falsehoods regarding the invasion, trying to point the finger at President Joe Biden for the situation in Ukraine, saying that “Ukrainian soldiers are using the arms that our administration provided to them, and they were suspended by the Biden administration.”
Biden is with Nato trying to stop Putin, a dictator who just held a stadium rally to destroy Ukraine & Trump holds a MAGA #Trumprally to talk about how awful Biden is, how Putin is a genius & how his election was stolen.
— The Jewish Ginger Resister (@JewishResister) March 27, 2022
However, that’s stretching the truth a little too far. With both sides going through weapons and ammunition very quickly in the brutal Ukraine-Russia war, it’s unlikely that the Javelins Ukraine received from the U.S. during the Trump years would still be available. plus Trump did not provide Stinger anti-aircraft systems to the Ukrainians.
Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy has urged the West to provide his country with warplanes and air defense missiles, stressing on Sunday that “it’s necessary not just for Ukraine’s freedom, but for the freedom of Europe.” Including the new $800 million package announced by President Biden on March 16th, the total designated military aid for Ukraine since President Biden took office is about $2 billion. The assistance, some of it drawn from $13.6 billion in military and humanitarian assistance recently approved by Congress to help Ukraine and its neighbors, has included a number of lethal weapons such as Stingers, Javelin anti-armor systems, Mi-17 helicopters, grenade launchers, Humvees, body armor and helmets.
Ukraine is fighting the world’s battle for freedom.
Putin and Trump continue to rally their forces to make way for authoritarianism.
— LindaRobotMarie🤖🌻 (@BadrobotLinda) March 27, 2022