UKRAINE/VLADIMIR PUTIN: “During an interview on Saturday morning [October 8, 2022] on Real America’s Voice, a right-wing network, the former president accused the US and its leadership of goading Putin into waging a botched invasion of Ukraine on February 24.

‘They actually taunted him, if you really look at it, our country and our so-called leadership taunted Putin,’ Trump said. ‘I would listen, I would say, you know, they’re almost forcing him to go in with what they’re saying. The rhetoric was so dumb.’ …

Earlier in the interview, the former president claimed that the war between Russia and Ukraine would never have happened if he had won the election and served a second term.”

-Joshua Zitser, “Trump blames US for ‘almost forcing’ Putin to invade Ukraine, says ‘dumb’ rhetoric taunted Russia,” yahoo.com, October 9, 2022