Representative Liz Cheney, a Republican from Wyoming, criticized Fox News Thursday for hosting retired Army Colonel Douglas Macgregor, who made controversial comments on Russia’s war in Ukraine.
“Rupert and Lachlan Murdoch – why you keep putting Douglas MacGregor on @Fox News spread Putin’s propaganda and lies? It’s absolutely not in America’s interest, ”said Cheney tweet referring to the Murdochs who control the Fox Corporation.
Cheney’s comments came after Macgregor appeared on Tucker Carlson Tonight Thursday. During the interview, Macgregor said that “almost from the very first moment the Russians moved to eastern Ukraine, a number of retired generals and political hackers in Washington, London and elsewhere announce Ukraine’s imminent victory.
“Seven months later, when the Ukrainian army is bleeding out, tens of thousands of Ukrainian soldiers have been killed or wounded, Ukraine is really on the ropes and trying to create the illusion that it is not so,” Macgregor said.
Macgregor also said Russian President Vladimir Putin is “very aware … that there have been many loose talks over the past few months about the possibility of waging a nuclear war against Russia with so-called tactical nuclear weapons.
“These kinds of things are very scary for Russians – they made it very clear that their use of nuclear weapons is limited to retaliatory strikes in case we or someone else hit them. So they just wanted to make it clear that he would respond if we use nuclear weapons, ‘added the retired colonel.
Macgregor’s comments came after Putin appeared to threaten to use nuclear weapons in a televised speech this week, saying that if “Russia feels that its territorial integrity is at stake, we will use all the means of defense at our disposal, and this is not a bluff.” “.
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Cheney previously criticized Macgregor for the comments he made about the war in Ukraine and said the retired colonel was part of “Putin’s wing in the Republican party.” The first round of criticism came after Macgregor said in a March interview for Fox Business that Russian forces were initially “too lenient” in Ukraine and that he considered Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky a “puppet” who “put aside a large number of his own population in unnecessary risk. “
In February, at the very beginning of the invasion of Ukraine, Cheney also accused Fox News host Tucker Carlson, former President Donald Trump and former Secretary of State Mike Pompeo of “praising Putin.”
“When Russian forces invade Ukraine, Donald Trump, Mike Pompeo and Tucker Carlson praising Putin appear on Russian TV,” Cheney tweeted. “Putin is angry. Every American who observes what is happening in Ukraine should know about it. “
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