Yikes! Trump Responds To Putin's UNFAVORABLE Comment

By Victor Smiroff | Friday, 16 February 2024 01:50 PM
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In a recent speech delivered in South Carolina, former President Donald Trump responded to Russian President Vladimir Putin's comments expressing his preference for President Joe Biden in the White House.

Trump interpreted Putin's remarks as a "great compliment," asserting his own tough stance against Russia during his presidency.

Trump's response came after Putin's statement that he preferred Biden over Trump due to Biden's "more experienced" and "more predictable" nature. Speaking at a campaign rally in North Charleston, South Carolina, Trump said, "President Putin of Russia has just given me a great compliment, actually. He just said that he would much rather have Joe Biden as president than Trump. Now that's a compliment. ... And of course, he would say that."

Trump further emphasized the measures he took against Russia during his tenure, particularly his opposition to the Nord Stream 2 pipeline, a contentious project between Germany and Russia designed to transport natural gas from Russia to Europe. "I stopped Nord Stream 2, and [Biden] approved it right after I left, so Putin is not a fan of mine actually," Trump stated. He was referring to his administration's imposition of sanctions on the pipeline, which were subsequently waived by Biden, a move critics argue could grant Russia energy dominance over Europe.

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Turning his attention to President Biden, Trump suggested that Putin anticipates receiving everything he desires under Biden's administration, including Ukraine. These comments followed Putin's assertion that from Russia's perspective, Biden would be the preferred candidate for the presidency.

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Putin's remarks appear to signify a notable shift from the Kremlin's perceived preference for Trump. However, the situation may be more complex than it initially appears. Speaking on Rossiya 1 TV, Putin described Biden as a "more experienced, predictable person" and an "old school" politician, adding that Russia would work with any U.S. leader trusted by the American people.

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Trump's presidency was marked by criticism over his amicable relationship with Putin. He recently sparked controversy by suggesting he would "encourage" Russia to do "whatever the hell they want" with NATO allies failing to meet defense spending targets. Putin has also previously dismissed evidence of Russian interference in the 2016 election to favor Trump.

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In the same interview, Putin dismissed speculation about Biden's cognitive health, recalling their meeting in Switzerland in June 2021, less than a year before Russia's full-scale invasion of Ukraine. "When I met with Biden in Switzerland — it was, indeed, a few years ago, three years — even then there were talks about him being incompetent. I saw nothing of the sort. Yes, he glanced at his notes. Honestly, I glanced at mine too," Putin said.

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The exchange between Putin and Trump highlights a broader debate about U.S. foreign policy, particularly concerning the war in Ukraine, a contentious issue in American politics. As the election season progresses, speculation about Washington's future approach to the Kremlin and other foreign policy areas will likely intensify.

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