Trump’s former national security adviser condemns Putin at CPAC
Robert O’BrienRobert O’BrienSullivan warns Iran of ‘serious consequences’ if US citizens are attacked Watchdog cites 13 Trump officials who violated Hatch Act ahead of 2020 election Lawmakers pay tribute to Colin Powell MOREwho served as national security adviser to the former President TrumpDonald Trump62% of voters say Putin would not have invaded Ukraine if Trump was presidentcondemned the Russian president Vladimir PoutineVladimir Vladimirovich PutinTrudeau announces sanctions against Putin and Russian Foreign Minister Overnight Defense and national security — Ukraine is at stake Ovechkin of capitals calls for ‘no more war’ with Ukraine MORE on Saturday, calling the leader a “killer” in an apparent rift with Trump.
Speaking at the Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAC) on Saturday, O’Brien described Putin’s invasion of Ukraine as “a crisis the likes of which we have not seen, at least those of us we born after World War II have not seen”.
“Don’t get me wrong: Putin is a killer. He wants to rebuild the Russian Empire. He’s not an admiring person, no matter how charming or intelligent,” O’Brien said.
Earlier this week, Trump called Putin’s recognition of the independence of two breakaway territories in eastern Ukraine “genius.” The Russian leader has since launched an invasion into Ukraine.
O’Brien publicly expressed his support for Ukraine amid the invasion, and on Saturday, he tweeted praise of Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky.
“We watch [Zelensky] become a legend,” he wrote. “Stay strong and in the fight.”
At CPAC, O’Brien, who served as national security adviser under Trump from 2019 to 2021, said Ukraine was a ‘beautiful country’ and people don’t want to live in Putin’s ‘dystopian Russia’ .