Trump’s “own actions and inactions, and that of his administration that may have enabled Putin in many ways,” said “The Lead” anchor.
Examples included Trump’s failure to call out Russia’s repeated aggression to neighboring countries and his threats to withdraw from the NATO alliance, which he frequently called “obsolete.”
Trump even finds time to “praise Putin as a genius for the brutal attack,” added Tapper. “Even some of Trump’s foreign advisers wonder if his approach may have empowered the Russian president on the world stage.”
Watch Tapper’s full explainer here: