Wednesday, February 23, 2022

Jen Psaki hits back at Trump calling Putin's invasion plan of Ukraine 'GENIUS' and calls on GOP to stand up to former president's praise of Russian autocratic leade

  • Press secretary Jen Psaki hit back at former President Donald Trump for calling Russian President Vladimir Putin's invasion plan of Ukraine 'genius' and 'smart'
  • She also said it was up to Republicans to ensure the issue doesn't become more politicized 
  • ''As a matter of policy, we try not to take advice from anyone who praises President Putin and his military strategy,' she said at Tuesday's briefing 
  • She pointed to comments Trump reportedly made to G7 leaders in 2018 when he said Crimea was a part of Russia because people there spoke Russian 
  • And said that Trump had 'expressed an openness' to lifting sanctions on Russia for the 2014 invasion 
  • She said Trump and Biden's different tactics were probably why Biden was able to 'rally the world' to take steps against 'Russian aggression' 
  • When asked if there were concerns comments like Trump's could lead to support of Ukraine becoming a more partisan she pointed to members of the GOP 
  • 'You know, I think that is up to members of the Republican Party to make the decision, to make the determination,' she told 

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