Trump continues to praise Putin, forcing GOP to fall in line or splinter from former president – By Nolan D. McCaskill – WASHINGTON — Former President Trump continued his criticism of President Biden on Wednesday, saying in a statement that Russian leader Vladimir Putin is “playing” him “like a drum.”

“It is not a pretty thing to watch!” Trump said.

His comments come a day after the former commander in chief went well beyond most Republicans by not just criticizing Biden’s handling of Russia’s aggression toward and invasion of Ukraine, but also lionizing President Putin.

In a separate statement Tuesday after Biden’s announcement of the first tranche of sanctions, Trump claimed such events would never have occurred during his presidency.