With the eyes of the world on eastern Europe this week, there has been plenty of reflection on the response of the global community during this trying time.
Vladimir Putin’s dispatching of Russian troops into two new, imaginary “breakaway states” in Ukraine has prompted international diplomacy to shift into high gear. Reactionary sanctions are flying, warnings are being issued, and the mainstream media is spinning the crisis to their own specific tunes.
But one of the large, unanswered questions of the entire debacle has been “why now?”. What about this moment in time pushed Putin into such a divisive and potentially catastrophic decision?
Former President Donald Trump seems to have an answer to that query.
“I knew that he always wanted Ukraine,” Trump said in an interview with radio hosts Clay Travis and Buck Sexton. “I used to talk to him about it.”Trending:
The former president recalled that he understood Putin, but said he would not allow him to invade his neighboring country.
“I said, ‘You can’t do it. You’re not gonna do it,’” Trump said. “But I could see that he wanted it. I used to ask him. We used to talk about it at length.”
“Had I been in office, not even thinkable. This would never have happened,” he said […]
Trump and Putin’s relationship was ratings fodder for the infotainment industry, particularly after the Democrats’ attempts to paint the former President as a Kremlin stooge during the early days of his first term.