Foreign policy can be a delicate matter, involving a balancing act of both showing support for allies, and not appearing to make threats that could be deemed provocation. When it comes to Russia and Ukraine, even Donald Trump has proclaimed that he was friendly with Vladimir Putin, and used that friendship and (claimed) mutual respect to prevent the Russian leader from carrying out attacks. Representative Madison Cawthorn (R-NC) takes an entirely different view.
Cawthorn can be seen in the video below, telling a crowd that the reason Putin didn’t carry out an attack during Trump’s term is related to a purported conversation in which Trump threatened to bomb Moscow. Furthermore, he says, he’d prefer it if leaders considered threatening one another via social media to be a normal interaction.
Madison Cawthorn said Trump told him he became Vladimir Putin’s “friend” to avoid a Ukraine conflict and claimed he threatened to bomb Moscow in 2016.
Cawthorn: “I believe in us
having a foreign policy in our country where our President just tweets out threats to other leaders.” pic.twitter.com/zBNgUaRSdL
— PatriotTakes 🇺🇸 (@patriottakes) March 12, 2022
“I said, Mr. President, how did you keep Vladimir Putin from attacking? He said, well number one I didn’t villainize the guy…because we don’t need a bunch of adversaries all over the place. But he said the very first phone call, when the President of Russia called and was congratulating him on his victory in 2016, he said at the end of the phone call, he said, ‘well, President Putin I just want to let you know, if you move one inch into Ukraine, Moscow will be bombed within the hour.’ And that is leading with strength. I mean, I believe in us having a foreign policy in this country where our President just tweets out threats to other leaders.”
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