Trump news – live: Ex-president’s intelligence chief ‘stunned’ by former boss’s praise for Putin

<i>Vladimir Vladimirovich has clearly outsmarted Joe Biden and the West generally.  Western "sanctions" have been exposed as a paper tiger.  Trump can see that and rightly notes the sad comparison between Biden and Putin.  It is Biden his remarks are aimed at, not Vladimir Vladimirovich.  Biden is very much a hopeless dummy. Trump does say that he is angry about the debacle in Ukraine

Trump does NOT say so but it might be noted that a lot of Western conservatives quietly admire the way old-fashioned values survive without much challenge in Russia. The American Left often is so extreme as to seem borderline insane.  That doesn't wash in Russia.  Conservative support for any action against Russia can therefore be expected to be reluctant and Trump's remarks may give some voice to that</i>

Donald Trump’s former director of national intelligence has voiced his dismay at the ex-president’s remarks praising Vladimir Putin as he mounts a full-scale invasion of Ukraine. Speaking to The Daily Beast, Dan Coats said he was “stunned” by Mr Trump’s remarks. “I cannot think of any other US president that would in a situation like this say what he said,” he told the site.

Twice in two days, the former president hailed Mr Putin as “smart” and blamed Joe Biden for what is happening. “He [Mr Putin] was going to be satisfied with a piece and now he sees the weakness and the incompetence and the stupidity of this administration,” Mr Trump said while speaking with Fox News presenter Laura Ingraham. “As an American I am angry about it and I am saddened by it. And it all happened because of a rigged election.”

In another video clip from Wednesday night that was circulated on social media, Mr Trump can be heard saying: “Trump said Putin is smart. He’s taken over a country for $2 worth of sanctions. I’d say that’s pretty smart.”

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