Cheney warns of a ‘Putin wing of the Republican party’

Former Rep. Liz Cheney (R-Wyo.), an outspoken critic of former President Trump, warned of the emergence of a “Putin faction” in the Republican Party and emphasized the importance of preventing him from returning to the White House.

In an interview on CNN’s “State of the Union,” Cheney spoke about President Trump’s recent comments hinting that he would not defend NATO allies in the face of attack from Russia and the recent death of an anti-corruption and pro-democracy protester. He was harshly critical of his silence. Russian leader Alexei Navalny.

“I think we have to take Donald Trump very seriously,” Cheney said Sunday. “We have to take seriously how much you are joining the Putin faction of the Republican Party.”

“I think the issue this election cycle is to make sure that the Putin faction of the Republican Party doesn’t take over the Western faction of the White House,” she continued.

In the interview, she said she had not expressed any support for the president and had not yet decided whether she would enter the race. But she vowed to do everything she could to prevent Trump from returning to the White House.

“As you pointed out, Donald Trump announced just a few days ago that he was going to encourage President Putin to do whatever it takes, whatever he wants to do,” Cheney told CNN anchor Jake Tapper. He said he had informed his Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO) allies.

“He’s basically made it clear that the United States is unlikely to honor its NATO commitments under the Trump administration. And so are the Republicans who understand the importance of the national security situation and continue to support him. I think they will be held accountable as well,” she said.

Later, when asked about President Trump’s NATO comments, Cheney said, “It’s disgraceful. I can’t imagine any other American president of either party since the creation of NATO has said anything like that. And it’s completely uninformed. It is ignorant and dangerous.”

Cheney also drew a connection between Navalny’s death and Trump’s frequent hints that he would investigate political opponents during his second term.

“If you think about President Donald Trump, for example, he has vowed retaliation. What President Vladimir Putin did to Mr. Navalny is unlike any kind of retaliation in a country where the leader is not subject to the rule of law. “It’s a boat,” Cheney said.

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