Trump Refuses to Blame Putin for Navalny’s Death: ‘Can’t Say For Sure’

by Jessica

Former President Donald Trump declined to directly blame Russian President Vladimir Putin for the death of opposition leader Alexei Navalny during a Fox News interview with host Howard Kurtz.

When pressed by Kurtz on whether he believed Putin played a role in Navalny’s sudden death while incarcerated in Siberia, Trump responded, “I don’t know,” emphasizing that “something happened that was unusual.”

Trump continued to express uncertainty when asked if Putin bore responsibility for Navalny’s death, stating, “I don’t know, but perhaps… probably, I don’t know.” He referenced Navalny’s relatively young age and the statistical likelihood of him living for many more years, suggesting that Navalny’s sudden death was unusual.

Kurtz highlighted Navalny’s history, including surviving a poisoning attempt and subsequent imprisonment, before his sudden death. He questioned how such events could occur without the involvement or sanction of Putin and other high-ranking Kremlin officials.

In response, Trump reiterated his uncertainty, acknowledging that while the circumstances appeared suspicious, he couldn’t definitively assign blame to Putin or Kremlin officials.

“You certainly can’t say for sure,” said Trump. “But certainly that would look like something very bad happened. Right?.”

The exchange underscored the uncertainty surrounding Navalny’s death and the suspicions surrounding the Kremlin’s involvement, without Trump directly implicating Putin.

KURTZ: Do you believe Vladimir Putin has some responsibility for the death of Alexei Navalny?

TRUMP: I don’t know, but perhaps I mean, possibly I could say probably, I don’t know. He’s a young man, so statistically he’d be alive for a long time. If you go by the insurance numbers, he’d be alive for another 40 years. So something happened that was unusual.

KURTZ: Well, obviously, he survived a poisoning attempt by the Kremlin and barely lived. Went back. Got jailed, and then suddenly he keels over. They don’t release the body. I mean, how could anything like that happen without Putin and high ranking Kremlin officials sanctioning it?

TRUMP: Well, I don’t know, you certainly can’t say for sure, but certainly that would look like something very bad happened, right?

KURTZ: I think we can agree on that.

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