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Trump news – live: Ex-president hails ‘savvy’ Putin’s ‘genius’ Ukraine move as E Jean Carroll case proceeds

Trump news – live: Ex-president hails ‘savvy’ Putin’s ‘genius’ Ukraine move as E Jean Carroll case proceeds

Ad trolls Trump over January 6 committee developments

Donald Trump has hailed Russian President Vladimir Putin as “savvy” and called his move on Ukraine “genius” in a new interview.

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Mr Putin’s steps towards a possible full-on invasion of Ukraine have seen a number of Republicans seeking to blame the crisis on Joe Biden, arguing that Russia did not invade any countries while Mr Trump was president – despite the fact that he repeatedly sided with Mr Putin over the US’s military and intelligence agencies, disdained Nato, and attempted to extort the Ukrainian government into investigating the Biden family.

Mr Trump initially broke his silence on the Russia-Ukraine crisis on Tuesday morning through a tweet posted by his spokesperson in which he claimed that his relationship with Putin would have prevented the crisis.

The former president saw another defeat in his effort to stymie the 6 January Select Committee’s investigation into the causes and events of the Capitol riot. The Supreme Court has rejected a request from the former president to review the panel’s demand that his records be handed over. He has now several times been defeated in his claims that papers from his time in the White House are covered by “executive privilege” and should not be released to the investigation.


Republican candidate denounces Michael Flynn as a ‘traitor’

Republican candidate for the US Senate denounced QAnon leader Gen Michael Flynn as a “traitor” in a hot-tempered primary debate.

Everett Stern, a former banking whistleblower who is running for Pennsylvania’s open Senate seat in this year’s midterm elections, made the remark while debating other GOP candidates in Philadelphia on Monday night.

While his opponent Kathy Barnette was speaking, Mr Stern interrupted to say “You’re being backed by General Flynn. You’re being backed by a traitor.”

Io Dodds has more.

Alisha Rahaman Sarkar23 February 2022 08: 44


Jen Psaki slams Trump for praising Putin

White House press secretary Jen Psaki criticised former president Donald Trump for defending Vladimir Putin’s invasion of parts of Ukraine.

“As a matter of policy, we try not to take advice from anyone who praises president Putin and his military strategy, which I believe is what happened there,” she said, while responding to a question about Mr Trump’s comments.

Maroosha Muzaffar reports.

Alisha Rahaman Sarkar23 February 2022 07: 45


‘Putin has made serious miscalculation’, says Stephen King

American author Stephen King weighed in on the geopolitical crisis in Ukraine and slammed Russian president Vladimir Putin.

Taking to Twitter, the 74-year-old wrote: “Mr Putin has made a serious miscalculation. He forgot he’s no longer dealing with Trump”.

Alisha Rahaman Sarkar23 February 2022 07: 22


Lawyer says Trump family may plead the fifth amendment

Alina Habba, the lawyer working on behalf of the Trump family has told a right-wing news outlet Newsmax that she may yet advise her clients to plead the fifth amendment as a long-running investigation into their finances closes in on them.

She remarked that the Trumps had been put “between a rock and a hard place”.

“I haven’t made a determination on what I think is best,” she said when asked by the host if her clients would be invoking their protection against self-incrimination.

Andrew Naughtie has more.

Alisha Rahaman Sarkar23 February 2022 06: 49


Former CFO of Trump Organisation seeks dismissal of indictment

Allen Weisselberg, the former chief financial officer of the Trump Organisation, on Tuesday asked a judge to dismiss the fraud and tax evasion charges against him, claiming that he was politically targeted.

He argued that it violates the immunity he was provided in the federal investigation into Michael Cohen, a former personal attorney to former president Donald Trump.

Mr Weisselberg’s attorneys stated that the Manhattan district attorney and New York attorney general have targeted him, along with the former president and the Trump Organisation, CNN reported.

Alisha Rahaman Sarkar23 February 2022 06: 23


‘Helsinki’ trends on Twitter as Republicans blame Biden for Ukraine crisis

The crisis in Ukraine has inspired chatter on social media about former president Donald Trump’s stance toward Russian leader Vladimir Putin.

As of Tuesday, hundreds of people were tweeting messages with “Trump” and “Helsinki” together.

During the 2018 Helsinki summit, Mr Trump said he believed Mr Putin’s “extremely strong and powerful” denials about meddling in the 2016 election, contradicting the findings of US intelligence services.

“I have president Putin, he just said it’s not Russia. I will say this. I don’t see any reason why it would be,” Mr Trump said, standing next to the Russian president.

Josh Marcus reports.

Alisha Rahaman Sarkar23 February 2022 05: 58


Jen Psaki describes Biden reading Trump’s letter in the Oval Office

White House press secretary Jen Psaki revealed that she was in the Oval Office when Joe Biden read the outgoing letter from predecessor Donald Trump.

“It was long, it was very long,” she said during a podcast with West Wing actor Rob Lowe, who played a speechwriter in the popular political series.

Justin Vallejo reports.

Oliver O’Connell23 February 2022 05: 30


Tucker Carlson blasted for playing down criticism of Russia

Fox News host Tucker Carlson is facing backlash for doubling down on his criticism of Russian president Vladimir Putin amid the crisis in Ukraine. The popular Fox News pundit’s opinions have largely favoured Russia in his recent coverage.

On Tuesday, Mr Carlson said: “Why do Democrats want you to hate Putin? Has Putin shipped every middle-class job in your town to Russia? Did he manufacture a worldwide pandemic that wrecked your business? Is he teaching your kids to embrace racial discrimination? Is he making fentanyl? Does he eat dogs”?

His remarks came at the heels of former president Donald Trump’s praise for the Russian president. In an interview, Mr Trump called Mr Putin “savvy” and dubbed his move on Ukraine “genius”.

Slamming the host, senator Jim Hendren wrote on Twitter: “I watched his Air Force drop chemical weapons on children. How about that for a reason Tucker Carlson”. He was referring to a 2017 report when Russia faced sharp criticism by world powers over the chemical weapons deaths in northern Syria.

“In 35 seconds here, Tucker Carlson basically said: ‘Putin isn’t your enemy. Your fellow American is’,” Rep Adam Kinzinger tweeted.

He added: “This is beyond dangerous, to say the least”.

Alisha Rahaman Sarkar23 February 2022 05: 24


Voices | Trump ‘s embarrassing social network

A funny thing happened when I tried to sign up for TRUTH Social, Donald Trump’s new social media platform. It asked me to agree to the terms of service and privacy policy, which is fair enough; most websites do. No, the strange thing was that when I clicked on them, I got a 404 error.

“Sorry, but it looks like this page does not exist,” I was informed.Nothing better sums up Donald Trump — as businessman, as reality TV star, as politician — than a 404 error. As an entrepreneur, Trump was famed for overpromising and overdelivering, writes Skylar Baker-Jordan.

Andrew Naughtie23 February 2022 05: 00


Biden announces sanctions on Russia over Ukraine invasion

President Joe Biden said the United States would levy a “first tranche” of sanctions on two large Russian banks and “comprehensive sanctions” against Russia’s sovereign debt in response to its invasion of Ukraine, calling it “a flagrant violation of international law”.

Andrew Feinberg reports from Washington, DC.

Oliver O’Connell23 February 2022 04: 30

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