Pelosi suggests Putin has financial influence over Trump

Former House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) suggested Monday that Russian President Vladimir Putin has some financial influence over former President Trump.

In an interview with MSNBC’s “Inside with Jen Psaki,” Pelosi said Putin is “the richest person in the world” and has “strong competition” to be named the world’s most evil person. He said he is doing so.

Pelosi asked, “What do you think about President Donald Trump that you have to constantly pander to President Putin?”

Her comments came shortly after President Trump stepped up his criticism of NATO, saying he would encourage Russia to attack U.S. allies who fail to meet the alliance’s defense spending goals. Trump also refused to criticize Putin over the death of opposition leader Alexei Navalny in a Russian prison last week.

Pelosi noted that Trump’s comments about the North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO) come close to the two-year anniversary of Russia’s invasion of Ukraine.

Psaki asked Pelosi what she thought Putin was thinking to get Trump to refuse to criticize the Russian leader.

“I don’t know what he’s thinking, but I think it’s probably an economic issue,” Pelosi said. Comment highlighted by Mediaite.

Pelosi warned that Trump’s actions after Navalny’s body was found showed he was “a person with no values.”

In an interview, the former speaker strongly criticized Trump’s delay in commenting on Navalny’s death, calling his comments “below human dignity.” President Trump likened the death of Putin’s critic to his own legal situation.

“The sudden death of Alexei Navalny has made me increasingly aware of what is happening in this country,” Trump wrote on Truth Social.

In a speech on President’s Day, Pelosi said Trump had brought “disgrace to the White House and former presidents like George Washington and Abraham Lincoln.” She reiterated that “we need to make sure he never sets foot in the White House again.”

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