Donald Trump’s energy independence policy has kept Vladimir Putin in check, according to former president’s deputy national security adviser C. T. McFarland, who said Thursday that President Joe Biden should have imposed sanctions on the Russian oil and gas industry following his invasion Ukraine.
McFarland said she deliberately chose yellow — one of the colors of the Ukrainian flag — when she appeared at the Conservative Political Action Conference in Orlando, Florida.
After dozens of Republicans accused Biden of being weak for failing to prevent Putin’s attack, McFarland said Trump’s energy policy helped curb Russian aggression.
“If oil is $40 a barrel, as it was when President Trump left office, the Russians are broke,” she said.
“They cannot afford war. War is expensive.”
C. T. McFarland, deputy national security adviser in the Trump White House for four months, said the former president’s energy independence policy was holding back Putin.
McFarland said oil was $40 a barrel when Trump left office. But since then, it has skyrocketed, filling Vladimir Putin’s coffers and funding his war machine.
In this publicity photo, taken from a video released by the press service of the Ukrainian Police Department, military helicopters, apparently Russian, fly over the outskirts of Kiev, Ukraine.
In the Glukhov area, the Ukrainian military fired at an armored column of 15 T-72 tanks with American Javelin missiles.
Moscow, the world’s largest supplier of natural gas and one of the world’s largest oil producers, could only “play big” on the world stage if energy prices were high, she said.
According to her, Biden immediately changed Trump’s policy.
“So he immediately shut down the American energy industry, oil and natural gas, energy that we exported to other countries, which also stopped, what happened, the price of oil skyrocketed,” she said.
“Vladimir Putin is rich, he chooses when to invade.”
McFarland was deputy national security adviser during the first four months of the Trump administration.
She initially served under Mike Flynn and was asked to resign after he was fired for not disclosing conversations with the Russian ambassador in Washington.
She said Biden’s sanctions won’t hit Putin where it hurts – in the oil and gas industry.
Her words added liveliness to Republicans’ cries that Biden was to blame, but Democrats countered, saying Trump’s cozy relationship with Putin meant he wouldn’t rein him in.
She spoke as Ukrainian troops fought Russian invaders from three sides after Moscow launched land, sea and air offensives that forced tens of thousands of people to flee their homes.
Republicans lined up to accuse Biden of being weak.
“When we pray for the Ukrainian people, make no mistake: this is what happens when America’s enemies see a weak and incompetent @POTUS,” US Rep. Scott Perry tweeted, adding the hashtag Bidenisafailure.
Republicans in the House of Representatives said, “President Biden’s weakness on the world stage has emboldened our enemies. China, Iran and North Korea are watching.”
Matt Schlapp, who leads the CPAC organization and is a leading conservative voice, said the Russia-Ukraine issue will be a key topic for the next four days.
The attack hit Ukraine on all fronts with bombs and rockets dropped on targets across the country in the early hours, followed by troop strikes from Crimea, Donbass, Belgorod and Belarus, and helicopter landings in Kiev and power stations on the Dnieper. Chernobyl nuclear power plant also fell to Russian troops
Russian combat helicopter Ka-52 in the field after an emergency landing Kiev, Ukraine
He said there were divisions between the party coalition spread.
— You know, Liz Cheney’s wing in the Republican Party. is becoming increasingly marginalized and discredited,” he told . “So this makes people say in different voices: well, you know, if you are not a military expert, do you think we should use the power of America, its treasure, to intervene?
“And I would say that I think most people here would actually listen to the case to protect Ukraine, but the president has to do it.
“Somehow he has to go from this guy reading tips in the middle of the day to a president who speaks in prime time, including press conferences, about what he thinks we should be doing.”
Recent polls show little support for the US role in the conflict.
The Associated Press-NORC Center for Public Affairs Research found that only 22% of Republicans believe the US should play a major role in the conflict, compared to 32% of Democrats.