Jeanine Pirro on Tuesday criticized her Fox News co-host Geraldo Rivera for suggesting that Russian President Vladimir Putin manipulated Donald Trump to advance Russian goals.
During a debate on “The Five”, Pirro suggested that Putin did not invade Ukraine under Trump’s leadership because he was afraid of Trump. She also called Biden a “wuss” and said he was “responsible for the decline of the West.”
“How do you know Putin wasn’t playing Trump? Rivera asked her colleague, sending her into a tailspin.
“Oh, stop! Pirro shouted. “He didn’t invade when Trump was president. It’s not about liking Trump. It’s about Trump having everyone against the wall.
“I don’t care what Putin thinks. I only care what Putin did. And he was a wimp when Trump was president, and that’s it!”
Trump and many of his allies in the conservative media have pushed the idea that Putin would not have invaded Ukraine under Trump because of what they perceive to be his “strength”. Right-wing commentators have repeatedly blamed President Joe Biden for Putin’s invasion of neighboring Ukraine and cast him as weak as the US treads carefully to avoid a NATO conflict with the Russia that could eventually start a nuclear war.
Earlier in the segment, co-host Jesse Watters recalled “when Trump threatened to bomb everybody,” praising him for keeping things “relatively stable on the world stage.”
“Biden’s approach is so conventional,” Watters complained.
During an interview with Fox News’ Sean Hannity last week, Trump said if he were president he would brag about America’s nuclear capabilities and say things like “we don’t want to wipe out Russia.”
Eric Trump told Hannity on Monday that Putin did not invade Ukraine during his father’s administration because “Putin was with the KGB, he can read people and he could tell that Donald Trump was a very strong person. “.
The United States and its NATO allies have imposed unprecedented economic sanctions on Russia and provided hundreds of millions of dollars in weapons and military and humanitarian aid to Ukraine. They refrained from any move that might provoke a direct conflict with Russia.
Trump repeatedly failed to call out Russian aggression against Ukraine during his tenure and often praised Putin and other autocrats while alienating U.S. allies.
During the same “The Five” show, Pirro also offered an impassioned defense of the oil companies, telling Rivera to “leave them alone” after he accused them of profiting as prices soared in part because of the Biden’s ban on Russian oil imports.