Former President Donald Trump was a harsh critic of Joe Biden’s meeting with Vladimir Putin, saying he thought the result was “a good day for Russia.”
From the Post Millennial:
“Well, I guess the overall is we didn’t get anything. We gave a very big stage to Russia and we got nothing,” former President Trump said.
“We gave up something that was unbelievably valuable. I stopped the pipeline, Nord Stream,…that pipeline was stopped and it was given back and nothing was gotten for it,” Trump said referring to the Biden administration allowing Russia to resume building the pipeline compared to them halting pipeline production in the US.
Trump made the remarks during an appearance with Fox News host Sean Hannity Wednesday, where he said that the summit amounted to no more than “performance art” for Biden:
“It was another day and a performance art. You’ll take a look at how various people performed, namely the two people [Biden and Putin], and you have to form your own judgment.”
“It was, I think it was a good day for Russia. I don’t see what we got out of it,” former President Trump told Hannity.
Biden’s highly anticipated meeting with Putin did not result in any breakthrough diplomacy between the two nations that have had an icy relationship in recent years. But the meeting did turn heads when it came to how the Russians reacted to Biden, with Putin suddenly willing to offer praise to the American president.
“I want to say that the image of President Biden that our and even the American press paints has nothing to do with reality,” Putin said of Biden. “He’s a professional, and you have to be very careful in working with him to make sure you don’t miss anything. He doesn’t miss anything, I can assure you.”
But that praise may only serve to underscore Trump’s point, with Russia now optimistic it has an occupant of the Oval Office that believes in their status as a world power.
“The earlier doctrine, put forward by President Obama, which dismissed Russia as just a regional power, has been rejected,” said Konstantin Remchukov, an editor at an influential Russian newspaper.
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