Democratic Rep. Gerald Connolly (Va.) on Tuesday said President TrumpDonald John TrumpBiden says his faith is 'bedrock foundation of my life' after Trump claim Coronavirus talks on life support as parties dig in, pass blame Ohio governor tests negative in second coronavirus test MORE has a "bromance" with Russian President Vladimir Putin that has clouded his judgment.

In an interview with "The Lead" on CNN, Connolly told host Jim Sciutto that the recent decision from the Trump administration to sell lethal weaponry to Ukraine came despite Trump's "inexplicable" soft spot for Putin.

"I think that the machinery of the United States government, the defense machinery, the foreign policy machinery, has never wavered in understanding that Russia is an adversary and a threat to Western values and our own democratic system," Connolly said.


"I think the president has a lot of trouble getting that in his head because of his own personal conflicts and his own personal needs and relationships with Russians, Russian oligarchs who financed part of his enterprise and his inexplicable admiration, bromance, for Vladimir Putin," added Connolly.

"So I think in some ways we’re doing this despite the president."

The Trump administration announced earlier this month that it would sell more than $80 billion of lethal weaponry to Ukraine's military, including anti-tank missiles and sniper rifle systems. 

Connolly said he believes the president was "reluctant" to sign off on the policy, which was seen as a shift in U.S. policy toward Russian aggression in Ukraine.

"I think he is a very reluctant signatory to the recent national strategic policy that was announced,” Connolly said.

Republicans in Congress praised the administration for the move, including some who have been critical of Trump in the past, such as Senate Foreign Relations Committee Chairman Bob Corker (R-Tenn.) .

“I’m pleased the administration approved the sale of defensive lethal arms to Ukraine,” Corker said in a statement. “This decision was supported by Congress in legislation that became law three years ago and reflects our country’s longstanding commitment to Ukraine in the face of ongoing Russian aggression.”