A senior policy adviser to Democratic presidential nominee Hillary ClintonHillary Diane Rodham ClintonOvernight Defense & National Security — Presented by Raytheon Technologies — Nation mourns Colin Powell The Memo: Powell ended up on losing side of GOP fight Powell death leads to bipartisan outpouring of grief MORE called out Donald TrumpDonald TrumpTrump goes after Cassidy after saying he wouldn't support him for president in 2024 Jan. 6 panel lays out criminal contempt case against Bannon Hillicon Valley — Presented by Xerox — Agencies sound alarm over ransomware targeting agriculture groups MORE on Sunday for mistakenly saying that Russian President Vladimir Putin would not invade Ukraine.
“While Trump hasn’t mastered basic facts about the world, he has mastered Putin’s talking points on Crimea (which, of course, the United States and most of the world still recognizes as part of Ukraine),” said Jake Sullivan in a statement. “Today, he gamely repeated Putin’s argument that Russia was justified in seizing the sovereign territory of another country by force.”
In an interview on ABC’s “This Week” on Sunday, Trump, the Republican presidential nominee, said Putin would not invade Ukraine — even though Russia annexed part of the country known as Crimea in 2014.
"He's not going into Ukraine, OK? Just so you understand. He's not gonna go into Ukraine, all right? You can mark it down. You can put it down," Trump said.
“This Week” host George Stephanopoulos pushed back, saying, "Well, he's already there, isn't he?"
"OK, well, he's there in a certain way," Trump responded.
Sullivan mocked Trump for the misstep on Sunday.
“What is he talking about?” Sullivan said in the statement. “Russia is already in Ukraine. Does he not know that? What else doesn’t he know?
“This is scary stuff,” he added. “But it shouldn’t surprise us. This comes on the heels of his tacit invitation to the Russians to invade our NATO allies in Eastern Europe.”