Charles Krauthammer tonight slammed President Barack Obama’s response to a question about Russia at this evening’s news conference.

While Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel today said a Russian invasion of Ukraine is possible, Krauthammer said Obama showed “extraordinary lethargy, distance, disinterest” on the topic.

Krauthammer said Obama basically told reporters that if Russia invades, the U.S. will look at its policy. He also said the U.S. doesn’t yet know if sanctions are working.


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According to Krauthammer, Obama “seemed to have zero interest in the issue.”

“If that isn’t a signal to Putin that he doesn’t have to factor the United States in his calculations, I don’t know what is,” he said.

Krauthammer charged the president with appearing equally detached when discussing Hamas.


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“You have to wonder: why did he hold the press conference? I’m not sure that he advanced any issue at all other than to show adversaries, bad guys in the world that you don’t have to worry about this guy. He’s going on vacation, he’s grabbing the golf clubs, and he’ll be gone for a month, and we’ll see you when you come back. If Russia has taken over Ukraine, he’ll deal with it when that happens.”

Watch Krauthammer’s reaction above. Below, watch Obama’s answer to the question.