Trump Tells CPAC That Putin Is Smart, While Our Leaders Are ‘So Dumb’

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Americans were eager to hear from former U.S. President Donald Trump after a tumultuous week in international affairs.

Trump appeared at the 2022 CPAC conference on Saturday and gave his thoughts on Putin, Joe Biden, NATO and how America’s reputation continues to dip in the eyes of the international community.

“Nobody could ever believe how bad and weak and grossly incompetent [Biden] has been,” Trump acknowledged. “And when you have a weak president who is not respected by other nations, you have a very chaotic world. And the world hasn’t been this chaotic since World War II.”

As Putin starts his conquest to become a modern dictator, Biden’s feeble leadership is what Trump believes gave the Russian president confidence to reach for power.

“I have no doubt that President Putin made his decision to ruthlessly attack Ukraine only after watching the pathetic withdrawal from Afghanistan, where the military was taken out first,” Trump added. “Our soldiers were killed and American hostages, plus 85 billion dollars worth of the finest equipment anywhere in the world were left behind.”

Trump also justified his assessment of the Russian leader after the mainstream media attempted to paint the two as behind-the-scenes allies.

“Yesterday, reporters asked me if I thought President Putin was smart. I said, of course, he’s smart.”

He added, “Yes, he’s smart. The NATO nations and indeed the world as he looks over what’s happening strategically, with no repercussions or threats whatsoever. They’re not so smart. They’re looking like the opposite of smart.”

“The problem is not that Putin is smart, which of course, he’s smart,” Trump said, “But the real problem is that our leaders are dumb. Dumb. So dumb.”

Trump voiced his grief over the slow collapse of sovereignty in Ukraine and dwindling respect that the world holds for the U.S. with Biden as president.

“That’s what it is. This is an assault on humanity. So sad,” Trump said, adding, “Putin is playing Biden like a drum, and it’s not a pretty thing as somebody that loves our country to watch, just not a pretty thing to watch.”

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Written by Alejandro Avila


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  1. Trump can spin it any way he likes, but if woke-ism and the Democrats don’t get slaughtered in the midterms and again in 2024, it’ll be flippant comments like these that will be turned into campaign ad after campaign ad that will be responsible. And by the way, Clay, I know this is a Fox product now, but if you have this doofus on your show again to fluff him, you can kiss my membership dollars goodbye.

    • I agree Jake. I never liked Trump the person, but I did like him as our President because he gave back our balls that G.W. Bush and Obama gave away. The problem is Trump talks too much. If he just stuck to politics he would still be President. I think, even amongst Conservatives, he’s getting old. I think most of us are ready for a strong, America 1st Conservative to take over, like DeSantis for instance. Up until Obama came along, Democrats and Republicans alike were both closer to center. Obama divided the country through race and religion….and the MSM chose sides, becoming the propaganda mouthpiece of the left, further dividing the country. Now, from school board members, mayors, AG’s, Governors to the White House, anyone with a (D) next to their name is all in on Socialism/Communism/Fascism. Sorry, but this is the truth.

      • Agree with both of you. Trump didn’t focus enough on his policies and too much on calling Joe Biden, Sleepy Joe or Creepy Joe. Trump is insecure if anything and he loves to be told how great he is to feed his ego.

  2. It`s not so much that our leaders are dumb. What they are is ignorant, crooked and weak. Not sure i`d use the word “smart”, but Putin knew what he was doing in waiting and watching how Biden conducts his presidency. Trump is right in the general context of his assessment: Biden is a weak, corrupt old man and Putin will just simply keep taking what he can until somebody (or some countries) stop him.

  3. Whether you like Trump or not the world would not be in this position if the election was not stolen. If the media did not take the Covid baton at the behest of the Democrats in 2020 how bad would it really have been….

  4. What Trump is saying isn’t a new idea. This is simply “speak softly and carry a big stick,” from Teddy R. It works. It REALLY works… if you don’t want wars that is. Tough talk results in dead soldiers. Better to actually be tough and talk respectfully.

    Putin simply puts Russia first, all the time, at the expense of everyone else if need be, and he’s certainly a shrewd strategist to be taken very seriously. That must be understood and respected first, or we will never address the right problems. Treating Putin like some dumb barbarian terrorist, our current president calling him a killer on national TV, is part of the reason we’re in this situation to begin with. It’s sloppy, reckless, and ironically the exact thing the democrats accused trump of. Threatening a strong enemy you “were” at peace with is indeed stupid. You might as well try to get rid of a hornet nest with a baseball bat. Politicians applying 1980 USSR opinions and approaches to a 2022 Russian problem is very stupid. That’s where we are. Trump is just calling it like it is.

  5. Trump needs to STFU. His “shoot from the hip” talking style is inappropriate at a time like this and is going to lose him a great deal of support. Furthermore, his comments are ignorant given what others have wisely pointed out above, never mind that Putin’s Great Adventure may be turning into a quagmire.

    It is certainly acceptable to point out the current administration’s weakness, fecklessness and indecisiveness, but nothing more.

  6. Spewing that your “enemy” or “hated rival” is STUPID is predictable. We see it all the time between warring fan bases. … Vlad hasn’t remained atop that nest of vipers known as the Politburo for decades by not being very intelligent. Intelligence has nothing to do with morality. Ted Bundy had a genius IQ.

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