Yesterday, we were all taken aback after Donald Trump finally said the quiet part all the way out loud with regard to his apparent admiration for Russian dictatorial President Vladimir Putin, as the harrowing situation with Ukraine continues to get worse.
During an interview on The Clay Travis and Buck Sexton Show earlier in the day yesterday, the one-term, twice-impeached former president flat out said that Putin’s recent moves have been “genius,” and went on to refer to the Russian dictator as a “peacekeeper.” It was so bad, that even Fox News was stuck trying to do damage control on their Dear Leader’s deeply disturbing praises for President Putin during their evening statement, ultimately trying to spin the situation and claim that Trump was just “trolling” the media.
And now, Jen Psaki has gotten her claws in him, and she was positively ruthless, just as we’ve come to expect.
The Biden White House press secretary, while poised with grace and a level of competency we’ve missed in the press briefing room for years now, is certainly known for her take no prisoners approach when it comes to her daily White House press briefings.
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Yesterday, just a few hours after Trump’s unsettling applause for the Russian dictator and his Ukrainian invasion, a reporter unsurprisingly questioned the Biden press secretary on the matter during the daily briefing.
“Does the White House have any reaction to former President Troop calling Putin’s move yesterday ‘genius’ and ‘smart’?” the reporter asked.
“Well, as a matter of policy we try not to take advice from anyone who praises President Putin and his military strategy, which I believe is what happened there,” Psaki fired. The press secretary then took things a step further still when she directly hit out at Donald Trump for expressing “an openness to lifting sanctions about the seizing of territory in Crimea,” as well as his 2018 remarks in which he state that Crimea is a part of Russia. In reality, Crimea was taken from Ukraine, by Russia, through force in 2014.
“So, there’s a bit of a different tactic, there’s a bit of a different approach, and that’s probably why President Biden and not his predecessor was able to rally the world and global community in taking steps against Russia’s aggression,” Psaki stated.
The reporter pushed a little further still, asking, “Is there any fear that statements like that could turn support for Ukraine into a more partisan issue among the U.S. public?”
“By the former president?” Psaki clarified.
“I think that is up to members of the Republican Party to make the decision and make the determination,” the press secretary answered.
Psaki does it again, folks.
Watch the clip here:
Psaki on Trump praising Putin’s moves into Ukraine: “Well, as a matter of policy, we try not to take advice from anyone who praises President Putin.” pic.twitter.com/LIjOzcZiG2
— Aaron Rupar (@atrupar) February 22, 2022
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