Last night, during a Mar-a-Lago fundraising event for 2022 Republican candidates — attended by North Carolina’s Ted Budd, Georgia’s Herschel Walker, and Nevada’s Adam Laxalt — Donald Trump repeatedly praised Vladimir Putin, calling the authoritarian’s invasion of Ukraine “smart.” The video was circulated by American Bridge.
Donald Trump: “I mean he’s taking over a country for $2 worth of sanctions, I’d say that’s pretty smart. He’s taking over a country – literally a vast, vast location. A great piece of land, with a lot of people and just walking right in. […] And I know [Putin] very well. I know him probably almost as well as I know anybody in this room.”