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Robert Gates To Fox’s Chris Wallace: Crimea Is ‘Gone’

Former Defense Secretary Robert Gates told Fox News Sunday’s Chris Wallace Sunday morning that he believed Russia had likely secured possession of the Crimean peninsula, but rejected the idea that President Barack Obama’s foreign policy had “emboldened” Putin, and also defended Obama’s golf playing in Florida.

“Putin invaded Georgia, I didn’t hear anybody accusing Bush of being weak or unwilling to use force,” Gates said. “Putin is very opportunistic in these arenas. Even if we had launched attacks in Syria, even if we weren’t cutting our defense budget — Putin saw an opportunity here in Crimea, and he has seized it.”

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Wallace asked what Gates thought of Obama “taking the weekend off in the middle of a crisis.”

“I’ve seen this happen year after year, president after president,” Gates said. “The president takes a day off, plays golf. Doesn’t matter whether it’s President Obama or President Bush, the first President Bush going fishing. I think you’ve gotta give these guys a little time off. Mostly they’re working twenty hours a day.”

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