Fox News host Pete Hegseth defended Trump by saying that his “genius” comment on Putin was only trolling the media.

Three panels spoken by Pete Hegseth with his arms crossed, Donald Trump in a MAGA hat, and Vladimir Putin.

Pete Hegseth defended former President Donald Trump’s comments on Russian leader Vladimir Putin on Tuesday.Alexi Rosenfeld / Getty Images, Mario Tama / Getty Images, Kremlin Press Service / Handout / Anadolu Agency via Getty Images

  • Fox News host Pete Hegseth defended former President Donald Trump’s admiration for Russia.

  • He said Trump continues to “troll” the media about Russian President Vladimir Putin.

  • On Tuesday, Trump praised Putin’s legitimacy for invading Ukraine as “great.”

On Tuesday night, Fox News host Pete Hegseth defended the ardent explanation of former President Donald Trump’s recent invasion of Russia into Ukraine, saying Trump was simply trying to ruin the media. ..

Earlier that day, Trump praised Russian President Vladimir Putin and called for Putin’s legitimacy for sending troops to Ukrainian territory. “Familiarity” and “genius”.

Hegses said at the Fox Show, “Jesse Waters Prime Time.” “In reality, Vladimir Putin lives in the heart of our media, the American media, without rent. Spreading Russian publicity and supporting Vladimir Putin’s Straumann more than our own media. No creature has done more than this to do. “

“And Donald Trump was happy to troll them because he continued to this moment,” Hegses continued. “Because they can’t resist it and they are obsessed with it.”

Hegses, who co-sponsors the show “Fox and Friends,” criticized President Joe Biden and former President Barack Obama, Vladimir Putin took advantage of their “weaknesses,” and Russian leaders conversely said, ” I saw a companion. ” Playing cards.

Fox News did not immediately respond to Insider’s request for comment.

Putin on monday Admitted independence It is one of Ukraine’s two separate republics (Luhansk and Donetsk) and has ordered troops to be dispatched to these areas as a “peacekeeping” operation.Western leaders Widely blamed With movement Declaration of sanctions against Russia In fear of the Kremlin’s total invasion of Ukraine.

However, Trump praised Moscow’s actions in an interview with Moscow. “Clay Travis and Back Sexton Show” From Mar-a-Lago on Tuesday.

“Putin declares most of Ukraine — Ukraine — Putin declares it independent. Oh, that’s great.” Trump told the host.. “I said,’How clever is it?’ And he’s going to come in and be a peacekeeper.”

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