Trump Says Putin Popularity Surge Is Driving Putin

( Former President Donald Trump is in trouble with the media again. After first suggesting that Russian President Vladimir Putin was “savvy” and that the pretext he created for invading Ukraine was “genius,” the media is now trying to claim that the former president is sympathetic to his war in Ukraine.

Trump has never indicated his support of the Ukrainian invasion – in fact, he has publicly denounced it several times already – but when he publicly discussed Putin’s reasons for initiating the invasion, the media lost its collective mind.

Newsweek’s snarky headline from earlier this week reads:

“Trump Says ‘Lot of Love’ Behind Putin Wanting to ‘Make his Country Larger.’”

Trump did say that, but reporters didn’t look more closely at why he might say it, and why expressing an understanding of this foreign leader’s position might actually be beneficial for the United States and the world.

During an interview with Jeanine Pirro on Fox News, Trump offered his assessment of the situation in Russia.

“You say, what’s the purpose of this? They had a country. You could see it was a country where there was a lot of love and we’re doing it because, you know, somebody wants to make his country larger or he wants to put it back the way it was when actually it didn’t work very well,” he said.

He immediately faced a backlash from Democrats and left-wing extremists on Twitter, but absolutely none of them stopped to consider whether what Trump was saying could potentially help America in the future.

If former President Trump runs again in 2024 and wins, his friendly position with Vladimir Putin could potentially help rebuild ties with eastern Europe and prevent this from happening all over again.

Maybe this could have been avoided entirely if Trump was in office when Putin was asking for assurances that Ukraine would not be allowed to join NATO…