Analysis: Putin Echoed GOP Talking Points While Defending Trump Yesterday
Russian President Vladimir Putin embraced Republican talking points as he discussed the impeachment of President Donald Trump on Wednesday during his annual end-of-year press conference, according to The New York Times.
Putin described Trump’s impeachment as Democrats’ attempt to overturn the 2016 election: “This is nothing but a continuation of an internal political struggle, with the party that lost the election, the Democratic Party, trying to reach its goal by different means.”
The Russian president also said he believes Trump is unlikely to be removed by a Republican-controlled Senate for what he described as “highly speculative reasons.”
“First they accuse Trump of a collusion with Russia. Then it turns out there was no collusion, so this cannot be used as a basis for impeachment,” Putin said. “Now they’ve come up with the idea he put pressure on Ukraine.”
In a move reminiscent of Trump’s suggestion that he might serve more than two terms, Putin also hinted that he might stay in power longer than the Russian Constitution allows by making changes to the document.
Trump has insisted he is joking about the possibility of serving well past eight years in office, a limit dictated by the U.S. Constitution.