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Don’t let the outrage over this patently absurd story obscure the fact that Donald Trump has been recycling the Kremlin’s talking points on #Ukraine since at least mid-2016
This one never gets old. Here’s video of Trump from July 2016:
"The people of Crimea, from what I've heard, would rather be with Russia than where they were." #Ukraine
Trump totally threw Ukraine under the bus at his notorious first Oval Office meeting w Russian FM Lavrov in May 2017 where he bragged about firing “nut job” James Comey
nytimes.com/2017/05/19/us/… @mattapuzzo @maggieNYT @AllMattNYT
Sound familiar? Here’s Trump in July 2017 (!) pushing similar nonsense conspiracy theories about Ukrainian government support for Hillary Clinton’s campaign and calling on DOJ to investigate.
Buried on p 125 of the Mueller report: then-candidate Trump says privately at a March 2016 meeting with his advisors that Europe should take primary responsibility for the #Ukraine conflict and that the conflict should not get in the way of improved US-Russia relations.
Then there’s the time Trump yelled at his TV screen when he saw then UN Ambassador Nikki Haley criticizing Russian aggression in Ukraine. “Who wrote that for her? Who wrote that for her?” @peterbakernyt
I’d forgotten about that mini hullabaloo when Trump argued, bizarrely, for readmitting Russia to the G8 and downplayed the fact Moscow was expelled for invading Ukraine (“Something happened a while ago...”)
in a 2017 call with Angela Merkel Trump "had little idea of Ukraine’s importance, its history of being bullied by Russia or what the United States and its allies had done to try to push back Mr. Putin” @MarkLandler
Last example of this distressing pattern: Trump‘s team in early 2017 told NSC “officials to stop talking about Ukraine’s sovereignty” #NothingToSeeHere @ak_mack @jeffaedmonds END
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