Former Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld discussed the Ukraine crisis and the Obama administration’s foreign policy on tonight's "On The Record."

Rumsfeld called America weak. He said, “The U.S. is behaving in a way that tells the world we’re in decline, that we’re in withdrawal. We’ve created a leadership vacuum in the world, and it is being filled by the Putins of the world, by people without our values or our interests.”

The former defense secretary said the government needs to assemble a coalition to explore putting “pressure of all types” on Putin and the Russian Federation, but that the U.N. isn’t going to agree to that.

“If we want peace, we have to be prepared for war … it is U.S. weakness that has shaken the world,” he said, pointing to a lack of military spending and proposed cuts to the defense budget.

“The administration lacks a foreign policy, they lack a strategy,” Rumsfeld said.

Rumsfeld, who has met Putin, called him a tough and intelligent man.

“He is today punching way above his weight class, and the United States is punching way below ours,” he said.

Watch his full interview above.


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