Putin eyes US over past actions that ‘led’ to invasion of Ukraine: Rove


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Former White House deputy chief of staff Karl Rove has claimed Russian President Vladimir Putin is watching the United States because of his past actions Thursday on “Jesse Watters Primetime.”

“…Putin is watching us not just because of the words spoken, but more importantly because of past actions,” he told guest host Brian Kilmeade. “They led to this miscalculation on [Feb. 24]when he invaded Ukraine.”

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Putin considered increasing the US defense budget by 1.5% and abolishing its energy sufficiency which had allowed it to export oil and gas, he added.

The Russian president also considered the Biden administration waiving sanctions against the company building Russia’s Nord Stream 2 gas pipeline without receiving any concessions, Rove said.

Additionally, the United States stopped sending lethal assistance to Ukraine between June and November 2021.

“We stopped him in the first place because the president was going to meet Putin and wanted to look good before going to his meeting,” Rove said. “But it took him five months to relaunch support. Lots of mistakes made.”

Domestically, Biden will attend the White House Correspondents’ Dinner on Saturday but will not stay for the meal, Kilmeade reported.

Rove called for an end to the event, which he said turned into “a self-rewarding moment of just weirdness.”

The former White House deputy chief of staff said that we still had to “find a way to honor” the correspondents.

“But the idea of ​​dragging the President of the United States into giving you a speech that makes him look funny and makes fun of himself. And then you stand up and insult him with the entertainment you have – unless you are a Democratic President, in which case… you will have someone [who] will stand up and mock Republican opponents of the Democratic president. »

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“That has worn down his welcome. Let’s stop.”


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