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John Bolton rebukes Newsmax host’s claim Trump was tough on Russia: ‘He barely knew where Ukraine was’

During an appearance on Newsmax this Tuesday, former US National Security Advisor John Bolton had some harsh words for former President Trump’s foreign policy bonafides, specifically in regards to Ukraine.

During the Rob Schmitt Tonight segment, host Rob Schmitt argued that Trump’s administration was tougher on Russia than Joe Biden’s, but Bolton disagreed.

Bolton replied that Trump “did not” handle Russia better than President Joe Biden, and rattled off a list of examples.

“We didn’t sanction Nord Stream 2,” Bolton said, rejecting Schmitt’s assertion that we had. Nord Stream 2 is the Russian natural gas pipeline that runs to Germany under the Baltic Sea, which was canceled last week by German Chancellor Olaf Scholz. “We should have,” Bolton continued. “We should have brought the project to an end.”

“But in almost every case, the sanctions were imposed with Trump complaining about it and saying we were being too hard,” Bolton said. “The fact is that he barely knew where Ukraine was. He once asked John Kelly, his second chief of staff, if Finland were a part of Russia. It’s just not accurate to say that Trump’s behavior somehow deterred the Russians.”

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