Despite Russia’s deadly unprovoked attacks on Ukraine, the bromance between ex-president Donald Trump and murderous dictator Vladimir Putin appears to be firmly intact.
During a 30-minute interview with Sean Hannity yesterday, Trump was given multiple opportunities to walk back all the praise he’s showered Putin with over the years, but he chose not to.
“I think you also recognize he’s evil, do you not?” Hannity asked after bringing up how Trump called Putin “smart” for invading Ukraine.
“Well, I was referring to the fact that he said this is an independent nation, talking about Ukraine, and I said that this was before there was any attack,” the ex-president replied.
Trump says he only called Putin smart before he invaded, says Putin has changed but he wouldn’t have changed if he was still President, and takes credit for Russian tanks being destroyed pic.twitter.com/QTi1kRGq5T
— Acyn (@Acyn) March 11, 2022
Later, Hannity asked, “When you got criticized for saying that Vladimir Putin is smart, we’ve had many conversations, and you’ve often quoted to me Sun Tzu, ‘The Art of War’. Keep your friends close and your enemies closer. Is that how you viewed Vladimir? Did you view Vladimir Putin and people like President Xi and Kim Jong Un and the Iranian mullahs as enemies that you needed to keep close?”
To which Trump responded: “I got along with these people. I got along with them well. That doesn’t mean they are good people. It doesn’t mean anything other than the fact that I understood them and perhaps they understood me. Maybe they understood me even better? That’s OK because they knew there would be a big penalty.”
This is getting weird. Hannity is coaching Trump throughout this interview and trying really hard to get Trump to say Putin is an enemy and evil pic.twitter.com/XHTzvS2emX
— Acyn (@Acyn) March 11, 2022
When Hannity brought it up a third time, Trump suggested that, had he been reelected in 2020, the current humanitarian crisis in Ukraine never would’ve happened in the first place.
“Putin is for Russia, and you see what happened,” he said. “And that is all because they didn’t respect our leader. Look, there was nobody, and Putin will tell you this. If he was telling the truth, and I am sure he has told it to all of his inner sanctum, nobody was tougher on Russia than me.”
The only logical conclusion we can draw from all of this is that the “pee tape” Putin allegedly has of Trump must exist somewhere because it makes zero sense why he keeps kissing the Russian president’s ass every chance he gets.
Here’s what Twitter has to say about it…
Donald Trump went on Hannity and REFUSED to call Putin "evil."
Who else thinks Trump AND Putin are evil? ?
— Jon Cooper (@joncoopertweets) March 11, 2022
#GoodMorning to everyone who remembers that Donald Trump was Putin's puppet.
— Victoria Brownworth (@VABVOX) March 11, 2022
Sean Hannity asked Trump to call Vladimir Putin an “enemy” — but Trump couldn’t do it. Even after Putin bombed multiple children’s hospitals. However, Trump did manage to call OUR press the “enemy of the people.” True scum! How did 75 million people vote for this treasonous man?
— Uncovering The Truth (@UncvrngTheTruth) March 11, 2022
Extraordinary to think we went from Reagan talking about ‘the evil empire’ to Trump as Putin’s head of PR.
— Tim Walker (@ThatTimWalker) March 10, 2022
2014 – Trump praised Putin's invasion of Crimea
2016 – The Trump campaign removed weapons to Ukraine from the GOP platform
2019 – Trump illegally withholds weapons from Ukraine
2022 – Trump praises Putin's invasion of Ukraine
Trump has made it abundantly clear where he stands
— Citizens for Ethics (@CREWcrew) March 11, 2022
I’ll never get over Trump’s interview with Bill O’ Reilly, when, told that Putin is a killer, Trump responded:
“There are a lot of killers. We have a lot of killers. Well, you think our country is so innocent?”
— Steven Beschloss (@StevenBeschloss) March 11, 2022
Hannity said to Trump 'Putin's evil you'd agree' AND HE REFUSED!!!!!
— Sandi Bachom (@sandibachom) March 11, 2022
Trump on Putin : "Genius … very savvy" pic.twitter.com/Hvr1HYljIJ
— Peter ???????? Concerned Citizen and V (@Pajjr2016) March 11, 2022
We thought that Putin and Trump formed an Axis of Evil when in fact it was an Axis of Utter Incompetence (and also delusion and evil).
— John Dantzler (@John_Dantzler) March 7, 2022
Bill O’Reilly: “Putin’s a killer”
Donald Trump: “There are a lot of killers. We got a lot of killers. What, you think our country is so innocent?”
Sean Hannity: “You understood that they (Putin) were capable of evil things”
Donald Trump: “Putin is for Russia” pic.twitter.com/O5chi0nhsD
— Evan (@daviddunn177) March 11, 2022
Putin really must have some kind of dirt of Trump.
— Richard Caslon (@CaslonRichard) March 11, 2022
Graham Gremore is the Features Editor and a Staff Writer at Queerty. Follow him on Twitter @grahamgremore.