“George,” Cotton told Stephanopoulos, “if you want to know what Donald Trump thinks of Vladimir Putin or any other subject, I encourage you to have him on your show. I don’t speak on behalf of other politicians. They can speak for themselves.
Stephanopoulos pushed further, telling Cotton he was sure that if Barack Obama or Joe Biden had said similar things, Cotton would gladly condemn those remarks. Cotton refused to do so.
“Again, George, if you want to talk to the former president about his views or his message, you can have him on your show,” he said.
For his part, Cotton was quick to urge that more aid be provided to the Ukrainian government, as well as to denounce Putin.
“I’m giving you my message,” he said, “which I thought was clear, that Barack Obama is president, that Donald Trump is president, and now that Joe Biden is president, that Vladimir Putin has been a ruthless dictator for years. Too many people didn’t take the threat seriously. And that’s why you see the images we see in Ukraine now.”