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Donald Trump defends calling Putin ‘smart’, hints at 2024 presidential bid

By David Smith

27 Feb 2022 · 4 min read

Donald Trump, the former US president, has defended his description of Russia’s Vladimir Putin as “smart” while seeking to blunt accusations that he admires the invasion of Ukraine.

Trump reiterated his false claim that the 2020 election was stolen by voter fraud as he argued that the invasion of Ukraine would never have happened if he was still in the White House.

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