Donald Trump and some other Republicans have been criticized recently for praising Vladimir Putin, or trashing Ukraine’s President, Volodymyr Zelenskyy, so when he appeared on Sean Hannity’s Fox News show, the former President of the United States was lobbed a softball question to repair his reputation regarding Putin.
He swung and missed.Hannity posed a simple question: “Look, you came under some fire when you said Vladimir Putin’s very smart..I think you also recognize he’s evil, do you not?”
Sure, Trump could have simply agreed that Putin is not the good guy here. Instead, he did this:
(Clip should start just past the 30 minute mark.)
“Well I was referring to the fact that he said this is an independent nation,talking about Ukraine and I said that’s some [indecipherable]. This was before there was an attack. He’s calling it an independent nation now. A lot of things are changing.”
After Trump rambles some more about his own administration, taking credit for Ukraine’s ability to defend itself against tanks, and begins to criticize the Biden Administration, Hannity sees the opportunity to give him another chance.
“Would you have provided planes to Ukraine?”
Still, Trump isn’t ready to give a straight answer opposing Putin.
“Well I would have done it a lot differently than they’ve done it, and what they’ve done is just terrible…”
However he does suggest that Biden should threaten nuclear attacks on Russia.
“Biden, every time he gets up he says they are a nuclear nation. He should say we are a nuclear nation…He should say ‘We are a nuclear nation and we don’t want war, and we don’t want to wipe out anything to do, and we don’t want to wipe out Russia. This is the way he should be talking.”
This clip cuts off, but the second from journalist Aaron Rupar below shows Hannity giving Trump one final chance to denounce dictators — and he still responds by dodging the question.
LOL — Hannity is trying so hard to get Trump to denounce authoritarians like Putin and he just refuses to do it pic.twitter.com/IdjhyGinFp
— Aaron Rupar (@atrupar) March 11, 2022
“I got along with them well. That doesn’t mean they’re good people…I understood them and perhaps they understood me, maybe they understood me even better.”
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