Trump has kept quiet about the detained US reporter, avoiding criticism of Putin

Former President Donald Trump, the presumptive Republican nominee, has made no public statements in Russia's detention of Wall Street Journal reporter Ivan Gershkovich, who has been held for a year without formal charges or trial.

When asked directly to clarify Trump's position on Friday, his campaign did not respond to requests for comment. Trump has consistently gone out of his way to avoid criticizing Russian President Vladimir Putin, and Trump has made a habit of demonizing reporters with terms like “the enemy” and “criminals.”

His silence stands out amid bipartisan condemnations of detention and calls for Gershkovich's release. The editorial board of the journal, which Trump is known to read, noted the exception on Tuesday. We ask, “Why the silence sir?” The Journal commemorated the anniversary of Gershkovich's arrest on Friday by leaving a blank space on its front page.

Even former Fox News anchor Tucker Carlson, one of Ukraine's fiercest critics and often a Putin sympathizer, ended his interview with the Russian dictator in February by asking for Gershkovich's release. Putin's response was noncommittal.

President Biden's campaign blasted Trump for accommodating Putin.

“This is shameful but not surprising given that Donald Trump has made it clear repeatedly that he will work with Putin on the American people,” said Biden-Harris spokesman Ammar Moussa. “He's the same guy who told the world he'll let Putin do whatever he wants to our NATO allies — and that means more war and suffering.”

On Friday, Biden vowed to continue working to secure Gershkovich's release. “We've tried everything we can so far,” he told reporters at Joint Base Andrews en route to Camp David. “We're not going to give up.”

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A Interview Asked on Fox News this month about the recent death in prison of Putin opponent Alexei Navalny, Trump said, “I don't know, you can't say for sure, but it sure looks like something really bad happened.”

Trump compared himself to Navalny, who previously died in prison in 2020 after surviving a poisoning. “It's a form of Navalny,” Trump said in response to Laura Ingraham's question during a Fox News town hall in February. $355 million in fines against his businesses after a New York civil fraud investigation. “It's happening in our country too.”

During his presidency, Trump met with Putin and sided with U.S. intelligence agencies to question his assessment that Russian intelligence services interfered in the 2016 election by tampering with hacked communications.

He pushed for more leak investigations, including seizing reporters' phone records, and threatened to imprison reporters or use government agencies. to punish media houses for their coverage.

Trump also did not condemn Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman after the CIA ordered the killing of dissident journalist Jamal Khashoggi who wrote opinion pieces for The Washington Post.

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