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Ukrainian-born NYC GOP lawmaker meets with Donald Trump

A Ukrainian-born Republican metropolis lawmaker who lately blasted Russian President Vladimir  Putin as a “terrorist” met with former President Donald Trump, she revealed Sunday.

City Councilwoman Inna Vernikov, one of 5 GOP members of the physique, posted an image of herself with the previous commander in chief, saying he “expressed his solidarity” with Ukrainians amid the nation’s ongoing conflict with Russia.

“Grateful to have met with President Trump. He commended me for flipping my seat from Democrat to Republican & we discussed the need to bring back our beloved NYC,” Vernikov (R-Southern Brooklyn) tweeted with an image of herself and Trump flashing a thumbs up.

“He expressed his solidarity with the folks of Ukraine & despatched prayers and love for my constituents from Ukraine.

Vernikov — a 37-year-old who describes herself as a “Ukrainian-born American Jew” – additionally praised Trump’s overseas coverage positions.

“I thanked him for all he has done for our country and the peace he brought to the Middle East with the Abraham Accords and by exiting the disastrous Iran Deal,” the lawmaker said on Twitter Sunday afternoon. “I look forward to a continued relationship with the unparalleled 45th president of the United States.”

It’s unclear when and the place the image was taken.

Vernikov speaking at the 2022 NY GOP Convention in Garden City, New York on March 1, 2022.
Vernikov talking on the 2022 NY GOP Convention in Garden City, New York on March 1, 2022.
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Vernikov – who was raised in Chernovitz below Soviet rule and immigrated to the US when she was 12 years outdated — blasted Putin in the course of the New York State GOP conference, saying he has “lost his mind” and desires to “destroy Democracy.”

“What a dark, dark moment in our history. The people in Ukraine are suffering at the hands of a terrorist. And growing up in the region, I know that President Putin has always been a tyrant, but now he has officially lost his mind,” an emotional Vernikov stated on March 1 in Long Island’s Garden City.

“I think that all this is about is more power. I think he wants to destroy democracy. And I think he wants to bring the Soviet Union back.”

During her handle, Vernikov additionally stated her success within the 2021 City Council contest for the Brooklyn seat previously held by Democrat Chaim Deutsch must be encouraging to Republicans within the deep blue Empire State. 

Vernikov called Russian President Vladimir Putin a
Vernikov known as Russian President Vladimir Putin a “terrorist” who desires to “destroy democracy.”
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“My victory should send a very loud and clear message to Republicans all over this state: As President Barack Obama used to say: Yes we can,” she stated earlier this month. “We can and we will win.”

Vernikov, of Brighton Beach, is a part of a traditionally massive caucus of Republican City Council members who wish to present a counterbalance to the overwhelming Democratic 51-member physique.

“There are now five Republicans in the council who are going to be the voice countering the progressive wing of the Democratic Party,” Vernikov advised The Post in January.

Trump, in the meantime, is the overwhelming favourite for the GOP nomination within the 2024 presidential election, ought to he determine to run, in accordance with the outcomes of a straw ballot introduced final month.

If the previous commander in chief opts to throw his hat within the ring, former Vice President Mike Pence will probably not be his working mate, Trump defined final week.

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