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Washington Post columnist blames Russia's aggression towards Ukraine on Trump

Washington Post columnist blames Russia for aggression against Ukraine on Trump

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Washington Post columnist David Ignatius, who is out of office since nearly one year, blamed Russia for its ongoing aggression toward Ukraine. 

The tensions between the countries have escalated over the past months with Russia overwhelming Ukraine’s border with military force. There are growing fears that Russia may invade neighboring countries in the weeks ahead. 

Ignatius says that Trump encouraged Vladimir Putin to act.

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Ignatius writes Thursday that Putin was subtly encouraged in his move to defy international norms by the former president Donald Trump. “We don’t need any conspiratorial analysis of Trump’s links with Russia to make this case. All we need to do is look at the facts. Trump’s public statements have been supportive of Putin for almost a decade. In his famous 2019 telephone call, Trump was so indifferent to Ukraine’s security that he made a condition on U.S. military assistance for political favors.

Ignatius then went on to list numerous remarks Trump made regarding Putin and Russia throughout the years. This suggests that Trump’s soft tone towards the international adversary is encouraging. 

“Trump has been doing Putin’s work of destabilization for him. Russia’s dream has been to weaken democracy and strengthen polarization in America. That turned out to be Trump’s approach to governing — to the point of trying to overturn the 2020 presidential election result. Putin now sees America as weakened by political divisions that border on dysfunction, and contemplates making a move in Ukraine. “He sees the moment of opportunity,” Ignatius said. 

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The Washington Post columnist continued to praise President Biden. He said that he had “mobilized an alliance to punish Putin using severe economic sanctions, if he crosses over the line,” while seeking “a diplomatic solution” and called it a “path towards de-escalation.”

Trump supporters blame Biden because it made Putin feel like America is at retreat. There’s no question that the world is worried about U.S. resolve after the chaotic Afghanistan withdrawal, but in the Ukraine crisis Biden has behaved with the right mix of firmness and diplomacy,” Ignatius wrote. 

Putin and Trump have the same strategy. Trump and Putin have the same playbook. Although they act like professional wrestlers, the risk is real. “The rule of Law is noble, but it must be applied,” he said. 

President Joe Biden and Russian President Vladimir Putin, arrive to meet at the 'Villa la Grange', in Geneva, Switzerland, June 16, 2021. 

Critics attacked the column for its attention on President Obama and the content of the article. 

Stephen Miller, Versus Media host and podcaster said that if you only read this article you would not know Joe Biden was president. He has been since almost one year. We reactedAdd “Just Incredible stuff”

Eli Lake, Bloomberg columnist: “Ignatius may be one of the greatests but anyone can make mistakes.” Submitted. “This column attempts to blame Trump for Putin’s aggression at Ukraine’s border. It’s true that Trump’s rhetorical sycophancy towards Putin was awful. His policies, however, were solid.”

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Obama didn’t arm Ukraine. Biden didn’t, so he enforced sanctions against Nordstream 2 He appointed hawks as his natsec cabinet. He closed down the Russian consulate in San Francisco. Lake stated that Trump withdrew form INF and acknowledged Juan Guaido. So yes, Trump’s words are provocative and potentially dangerous. Biden, however, is now the president. Putin’s brinksmanship challenges Biden. Biden responded by making diplomatic concessions for de-escalation.



Source: FoxNews.com

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