Liz Cheney eviscerates Trump for calling Putin a ‘genius’

Republican congresswoman Liz Cheney has branded the former president’s support for Vladimir Putin as aiding America’s “enemies” after he claimed an invasion of Ukraine was both “genius” and savvy”.

Ms Cheney tweeted on Tuesday night: “Trump’s adulation of Putin today — including calling him a ‘genius’ — aids our enemies.

She continued: “Trump’s interests don’t seem to align with the interests of the United States of America”

Earlier on Tuesday, Mr Trump told podcast hosts Clay Travis and Buck Sexton that Russia’s president was a “genius” for declaring two eastern regions of Ukraine as independent.

Mr Putin later sent in a so called “peacekeeping” force into the region, which many – including the Biden White House – determined to be an invasion of Ukraine territory.

“I said, ‘This is genius.’ Putin declares a big portion of the Ukraine—of Ukraine. Putin declares it as independent. Oh, that’s wonderful,” Mr Trump told the podcast. “So, Putin is now saying, ‘It’s independent,’ a large section of Ukraine. I said, ‘How smart is that?’ And he’s gonna go in and be a peacekeeper.”

US President Joe Biden and the country’s European and NATO allies have strongly condemned Mr Putin’s attempts at annexing parts of Ukraine, with a swathe of sanctions designed to hurt Russia announced on Tuesday.

White House press secretary Jen Psaki meanwhile condemned Mr Trump – who has spoken fondly of Mr Putin before –…

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