Mitt Romney said Sunday that President Barack Obama is naive when it comes to Russia, has shown “faulty judgment” about Moscow’s intentions and could have done more to try to deter its annexation of Crimea.
The 2012 Republican presidential nominee said Obama didn’t have the foresight to anticipate Russia’s moves and should have been working earlier with allies to make clear the penalties that Russia would face if it moved into Ukraine.
Romney did acknowledge that such steps may not have been enough though to hold back Russian President Vladimir Putin.
“Had we communicated those things, there’s always the potential that we could have kept them from invading a country and annexing it into their own,” Romney said on CBS’s “Face the Nation.”
During the 2012 campaign, Romney took criticism from Obama for saying Russia was America’s “number one geopolitical foe,” rather than al-Qaeda. Now Romney seems to be claiming the right to say, essentially, “I told you so.”