Donald Trump has suggested that he trusts Russian President Vladimir Putin more than the “lower class” working for US intelligence.
In a post on Truth Social, the former president commented after meeting with President Putin in Helsinki, Finland, in 2018 when he said he “didn’t see any reason” why Russia interfered in the 2016 election. mentioned. the FBI said.
Trump trusted Putin over U.S. intelligence while sharing an article about former FBI agent Charles McGonigal, a key FBI figure investigating the Trump campaign’s ties to Russia ahead of the 2016 election. He again suggested that
McGonigal was recently arrested on suspicion of a number of crimes, including collaborating with a licensed Russian oligarch.
In a Truth Social post, Trump said: “In Helsinki, a third-rate reporter basically trusts Russian President Putin more, or who in our lower class of ‘intelligence’? Remember when I asked you
“My instincts at the time were really bad in the form of James Comey, McCabe (his wife was saved by Crooked Hillary while Crooked was investigating!), Brennan, Peter Strzok (his wife is in the SEC). There were people.) and girlfriend Lisa Page.
“Now add McGonigal and the other slimes to your list. Would you choose Putin or these misfits?”
Trump has been repeatedly criticized for taking Putin’s side as president and since leaving the White House.
In 2018, after defending the Russian president in Helsinki, then-Senate Democratic leader Chuck Schumer said the way Trump backed Putin was “for the entire history of our country, an American president has backed an enemy of America.” I never did,” he said. .
“It is thoughtless, dangerous and weak for a US president who is opposed to US law enforcement, US defense officials and US intelligence to take the side of President Putin,” Schumer said. Tweeted. “The president is trying to rule our country.”
Trump has also come under fire, including by members of his own party, for speaking out about Putin ahead of Russia’s invasion of Ukraine.
speak above Klay Travis & Buck Sexton Shaw In February 2022, President Trump recognized two self-proclaimed republics in eastern Ukraine and called Putin’s tactics of “genius” and “extremely savvy” in sending Russian troops to the region under the guise of “peacekeeping operations.” there are,” he said.
Trump doubles down on his admiration for the Russian president, telling crowds at Florida’s Mar-a-Lago resort that Putin is “pretty smart” because he “has taken over the country with sanctions worth $2” rice field. Ukraine was running.
Trump has also repeatedly argued that Russia’s invasion of Ukraine would never have happened if he was still president and could be ended now if he were in office.
“My character kept us out of the war,” Trump said at the New Hampshire Republican State Commission’s annual meeting in Salem on Saturday, January 28.
“And, as I said before, [it] It would never have happened in Russia. Putin would never have entered. And even now I was able to solve it within 24 hours.It’s so scary what happened. Those cities are now demolished. “