Trump’s New Claim About Putin Has Critics Rushing To Mock Him

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Former President Donald Trump championed his administration’s approach to Russia before naming one leader as the inspiration behind his stance: Russian President Vladimir Putin.

“They say ‘Trump wasn’t tough on Russia,’ I was so tough on Russia. Putin said ’If you’re not tough now, I’d hate like hell to see you if you weren’t tough,” Trump said at a rally in Houston, Texas on Thursday.

Trump’s remarks arrived as he spoke of his administration’s response to the Nord Stream 2 natural gas pipeline, a means of increasing export of natural gas from Russia to Germany in a project that he claimed to have “ended.”

The former president has made the false claim before about the pipeline at the 2022 Conservative Political Action Conference, according to, and “misleadingly” added that President Joe Biden “approved it.” noted that Trump, who saw most of the project built on his watch, sanctioned Russia “although his friendliness to Putin sent contrary signals” while Biden kept sanctions going “but he has also sought flexibility as part of diplomatic negotiations.”

Social media users on X (formerly Twitter) mocked Trump, who has notably praised Putin over the years, over the remark and jokingly asked if the Russian leader whispered his calls to be tough in Trump’s ear.

Yes, I also recall buying a trinket in a bazaar and the owner telling me he was losing money selling it to me. #gullible

— Tim Fargo 🇺🇲 🇺🇦 (@tim_fargo) November 2, 2023

"...and let me tell you. And you know this better than anyone. Br'er Rabbit was mad as hell when I threw him in the briar patch."

— KevinlyFather 🇺🇲🇨🇦🇲🇼🇸🇿 (@KevinlyFather) November 2, 2023

He also gave him a lollipop and a pat on the head

— Buhbee (@Buhbee3) November 2, 2023

Has Trump ever said a bad thing about Putin?

— Bill Johnson (@Bill43111) November 2, 2023

Says the guy, who stood on a worldwide stage in Helsinki to say he believed Putin over our own IC and then Putin gave him a soccer ball. 😂😂

— Paula Y (@PaulaYankelove) November 2, 2023
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