Russian ingenuity during the Ukraine border crisis deeply shocked a former U.S. president.

Donald Trump was surprised to see Vladimir Putin catch American allies off-guard at the Russia-Ukraine border.

“I said, ‘This is genius’ [because] Putin declares a big portion of the Ukraine [as independent] … but think of it: here is a guy who is very savvy,” he said according to the “Clay Travis and Buck Sexton Show.”

Since the Russian president declared two breakaway regions in Ukraine have the right to self-govern, Putin could potentially declare he will enter the Borderland Country for a so-called peacekeeping effort.

“[Putin] is going to go in and be a peacekeeper,” Trump said. “That is [the] strongest peace force … I have ever seen—there were more army tanks than I have ever seen.”

The former president suggested his successor’s silence on the topic could be interpreted as weakness.

“You have got to say that is pretty savvy, and you know what the response was from Biden? There was no response, they did not have one for that—no, it is very sad, very sad,” he said.

The White House instead chose to announce a new round of sanctions against Moscow-headquartered investment company VEB and Russian sovereign debt.

The country’s responsible “elites” and family members, who allegedly enjoy “corrupt gains” from Kremlin policies, will also be targeted.

“We have cut off Russia’s government from western financing—they can no longer raise money from the west, and cannot trade in its new debt on our markets or European markets either,” Joe Biden said in a statement.

Trump maintains neither Russia nor the CCP would have resorted to military invasion, if he was still in the Oval Office.

“This never would have happened with us had I been in office, [this is] not even thinkable,” he said.

“I knew Putin very well, I got along with him great … [and] he is acting a little differently I think now,” he added.

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