Politics: Vladimir Putin Could Read Donald Trump, Son Says

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Russian President Vladimir Putin could read Donald Trump's character and beliefs, claimed the former president's son while speaking to Fox News' Sean Hannity.

Russian President Vladimir Putin attends his New Year address to Russians in central Moscow on December 31, 2017. Donald Trump speaks during the Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAC) at The Rosen Shingle Creek on February 26, 2022 in Orlando, Florida. Eric Trump said that Vladimir Putin could read Donald Trump when the pair spoke. © Alexey Nikolsky and Joe Raedle/Getty Images Russian President Vladimir Putin attends his New Year address to Russians in central Moscow on December 31, 2017. Donald Trump speaks during the Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAC) at The Rosen Shingle Creek on February 26, 2022 in Orlando, Florida. Eric Trump said that Vladimir Putin could read Donald Trump when the pair spoke.

Eric Trump spoke to Hannity on Monday night, and insisted Putin could tell Donald Trump was a "strong person."

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He said one of the reasons Putin was able to analyze Donald Trump was due to his training with the KGB, the Soviet Union's main security agency.

Eric Trump also reinforced his father's claims regarding the Ukraine and Russian conflict, that Putin would not have invaded if Donald Trump was still president.

"Putin was in with the KGB, he can read people and he could tell Donald Trump was a very strong person," Eric Trump said. "My father was tested, Sean. Kim Jong Un tried to do it, as you remember very well.

"What did my father say? 'Kim you mess around with us, you will be met with fire and fury the likes of which you have never seen before.'

"[Donald Trump] talked about the button on his desk actually working and then a couple of months later they are shaking hands in North Korea and the relationship was perfect after that.

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"He was tested, he showed backbone, he showed strength, he represented what America should be. Biden does the exact opposite of that every single day."

Eric Trump then went on to criticize how Joe Biden and Kamala Harris have handled the Ukrainian situation.

Hannity claimed Biden should take a more aggressive approach towards Putin. Eric Trump agreed and said Donald Trump would have been willing to threaten Russia if it threatened the U.S. with escalation in the conflict.

"It seems to me, if Vladimir Putin mentions the words nukes or you read all these reports that they might use chemical weapons or bioweapons or cyberattacks, rather than say 'we'll do that to you if you ever dare touch us,' it seems like Joe [Biden] gets afraid," Hannity said.

"My father would have called up and said 'Vladimir don't even think about it, don't even try us, it is not going to work out very well for you,'" Eric Trump replied.

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"When Putin is watching him drone generals like [Quassem] Soleimani, when he is watching us drop MOAB bombs on top of terrorist camps, people knew that Donald Trump was very serious and unpredictable.

"Donald Trump was incredibly strong and he would fight for this country."

Newsweek has contacted Trump's office for comment.

Over the weekend, Donald Trump reiterated that he was one of the reasons Putin did not invade Ukraine. During a rally on March 12 in Florence, South Carolina, Trump said it was his personality that prevented the U.S. from getting into a war.

"The fake news said my personality is going to get us into a war...but actually my personality is what kept us out of war," Trump said.

"This could lead to World War III. I see what's happening. Because if you think Putin is going to stop, it's going to get worse and worse.

"He's not going to accept it and we don't have anybody to talk to him. You had somebody to talk with to him with me."

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Russian President Vladimir Putin has for years enjoyed life as an influential political figure in many European Union member states. © MIKHAIL KLIMENTYEV/AFP/Getty Images Russian President Vladimir Putin meets with Marine Le Pen at the Kremlin in Moscow on March 24, 2017. Even in countries that have taken a staunch anti-Kremlin line since Russia's illegal annexation of Crimea in 2014, Putin has sought opportunities to attach himself to populist political movements that promote an anti-West agenda and undermine confidence in mainstream European politics.

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