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‘A Very Brave Guy’: Trump Praises Fallen Putin Opponent After Being Criticized For Initial Response

Former President Donald Trump praised late Russian opposition leader Alexei Navalny during a Fox News town hall on Tuesday, after being criticized by Republican rivals and others for his initial response to the death.

The Russian government announced on Friday that Navalny had died in prison, sparking international condemnation.President Trump remained silent about Russian dissident’s death until Monday post The show on Truth in Social was widely criticized for omitting sympathy for opposition leaders, with Fox News host Laura Ingraham pursuing sympathy. (Related article: “Shortcuts to the process”: Turley says appeals court ruling deprives President Trump of the option “Most people have a right to.”)

“The opposition is using this to say, once again, ‘You’re pro-Putin, you don’t care about human rights and freedoms and the freedom movement,'” Ingraham said of President Trump’s post. “So what do you mean when you say you’re more aware of your situation here?”

“Mr. Navalny is in a very sad situation,” Trump said. “And he’s a very brave person… coming back, he was a very brave person. He could have distanced himself and, frankly, he would rather go away and talk from outside the country than come back.” It might have been better. People thought it might happen, and it did, and it’s horrible. But it happens in our country, too.”

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Trump supported the comparison, pointing to Fulton County District Attorney Fannie Willis and his indictment.

“The sudden death of Alexei Navalny has made me even more aware of what is happening in our country,” President Trump posted on Monday. “This is slow and steady progress, with crooked radical left politicians, prosecutors, and judges leading us down a path to destruction.”

President Trump’s comments drew criticism from former United Nations Ambassador Nikki Haley and others.

“Donald Trump could have condemned Vladimir Putin as a thug. Trump could have praised Navalny’s courage,” Haley said. Posted X, formerly known as Twitter. “Instead, he stole a page from the liberal playbook, blaming America and comparing our country to Russia.”

Trump predicted he would face legal attacks even if he did not run.

Regarding his come-from-behind victory over former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton in the 2016 presidential election, he said, “I won an election that I shouldn’t have won.”

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