Fox News host Maria Bartiromo has come under fire from critics after she absurdly claimed without proof that the Biden administration views Russian President Vladimir Putin more as a partner than an enemy.
During an appearance on “Fox & Friends” on Sunday morning, the Donald Trump apologist slammed President Joe Biden’s response to the war on Ukraine as “disappointing and insufficient” and said unnamed sources told him said they “felt” the administration was comfortable with the Russian dictator.
“I have been told by some people over the weekend that they believe that ultimately this administration does not see Putin as the enemy; they see him as a partner on many issues,” she said.
The claim was baffling to many online commentators, given Bartiromo’s unwavering support for Biden’s predecessor, who was notoriously respectful of Putin during his presidency.
As Russian aggression escalated last month, Trump sparked fury for praising Putin as “learned” and “brilliant” in his strategy to invade Ukraine.
He refused to condemn the brutal autocrat or backtrack on his remarks even after Sean Hannity urged him to do so on several occasions last week.
Although some are calling for even harsher consequences, Biden has so far imposed unprecedented sanctions targeting the Russian economy.
He also approved hundreds of millions of dollars in military and humanitarian aid for Ukraine, including the transfer of weapons from US stockpiles.
The United States and its NATO allies have resisted measures, such as declaring a no-fly zone over Ukraine, to avoid a direct conflict with Russia that could escalate into war. between nuclear superpowers.
Bartiromo’s name was trending on Twitter throughout the day as criticism mounted on his cover.
The Fox News host, who was named in a $2.7 billion defamation lawsuit against the network for raising false allegations following the 2020 election, has dramatically changed her mind about Ukraine since the invasion.
Upstream, she suggested Biden was inflating threats from Russia as a distraction.
“Was it a ruse? she asked on February 16.
She has since pivoted to blame Biden for supposedly enabling the Russia attack.
It appears that one of the sources for Bartiromo’s claim could have been Senator Lindsey Graham (RS.C.), The Daily Beast observed. The Trump-allied senator told him on his ‘Sunday Morning Futures’ show that Biden sees Putin as a ‘partner’ on issues like climate change and the Iran nuclear deal and insisted the threat of a nuclear war was “quite a bluff”.
Meanwhile, Russian propagandists seem to view Fox News as a partner. Russian state television has repeatedly quoted or aired excerpts from host Tucker Carlson’s show. In the days leading up to the invasion, Carlson delivered a long monologue asking why Americans should hate Putin and said Ukraine was not a democracy.