Donald Trump has not commented on demise of Alexei Navalny | EUROtoday

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Former president Donald Trump, who earlier this month set off worries amongst allies after he stated would encourage Russia to invade a NATO nation that wasn’t spending sufficient on protection, has remained silent on the demise of Alexei Navalny, Vladimir Putin’s most potent political opponent.

The front-runner of the GOP presidential main has made a number of public appearances since Russia introduced Navalny’s demise in a faraway Arctic jail on Friday. He has not commented on the dissident’s surprising demise, despite the fact that he ceaselessly speaks about what he would do as president when confronting Russia, Putin and the conflict in Ukraine.

Navalny embodied the resistance to Putin’s regime greater than another Russian opposition determine, and his demise at 47 within the jail camp was seen as a watershed sign that no dissent might be tolerated in Russia as Putin shifts towards a extremely centralized, deeply repressive totalitarian regime.

Days earlier than Navalny’s demise — the reason for which the Russian authorities has not but defined — Trump, who has usually praised Putin, instructed a crowd of supporters in South Carolina that he would encourage Russia to do “whatever the hell they want” to any NATO member nation that he believes is just not paying their share because of the alliance.

The remarks sparked controversy within the United States and Europe, with American leaders promising that they might stay dedicated to NATO allies and European leaders expressing concern {that a} second Trump presidency might erode the alliance.

As The Washington Post reported Friday, throughout his 4 years in workplace, Trump seems to have by no means as soon as talked about Navalny’s identify.

After the Russian dissident was poisoned with a banned nerve agent in August 2020, Trump as president was requested how he would possibly reply. He talked about how powerful he had purportedly been on Russia and famous that there was no proof of Russia’s involvement on Navalny’s poisoning.

Navalny, the U.S. State Department and European authorities have blamed Russian safety forces for the poisoning. Trump by no means condemned the poisoning, even after Navalny known as on him to take action.

And now, Trump’s silence on Navalny’s demise stands in stark distinction to harsh criticism from different U.S. political figures.

President Biden, talking from the Roosevelt Room of the White House on Friday, stated Putin is chargeable for Navalny’s demise.

“What has happened to Navalny is yet more proof of Putin’s brutality. Nobody should be fooled,” Biden stated.

In an announcement Saturday, former U.N. ambassador Nikki Haley, Trump’s remaining challenger within the GOP presidential main, emphasised that Trump has not talked about both Navalny or Putin, and he or she questioned whether or not the previous president believes Putin is chargeable for Navalny’s demise.

Speaking to ABC News on Sunday morning, Haley known as Navalny a hero and stated it is very important “stand with the Russian people who believe Navalny was really talking for them.” Navalny, she stated, “was fighting corruption. He was fighting what Putin does.”

“And what did Putin do? He killed him, just like he does all his political opponents,” Haley stated.

“We need to remind the American people that Vladimir Putin is not our friend,” Haley added. “So when you hear Donald Trump say in South Carolina a week ago that he would encourage Putin to invade our allies if they weren’t pulling their weight — that’s bone chilling, because all he did in that one moment was empower Putin.”

A spokesman for Trump didn’t instantly reply to a request for remark.

The former president’s marketing campaign has beforehand pointed to a submit that Trump made on his social media web site, Truth Social, as his official response to Navalny’s demise. The submit makes no point out of Putin, Navalny or the Ukraine-Russia conflict; it as a substitute baselessly blames Biden for an increase in “Misery, Destruction and Death” on this planet.

The remark can be buried amongst greater than 20 posts Trump made on different points, together with the U.S. border, Haley, the a number of prison investigations he faces and election ballot numbers.

Trump’s silence on Navalny must be a warning about the kind of presidency Trump would run if reelected, warned former congresswoman Liz Cheney.

“When you think about Donald Trump, for example, pledging retribution, what Vladimir Putin did to Navalny is what retribution looks like in a country where the leader is not subject to the rule of law,” Cheney stated Sunday on CNN’s “State of the Union.” “And I think that we have to take Donald Trump very seriously. We have to take seriously the extent to which you have now got a Putin wing of the Republican Party.”