Rick Scott denounces ‘murderous thug’ Vladimir Putin after Russians kill U.S. journalist
Rick Scott in the U.S. Senate. Image via AP.

Sen. Rick Scott
"I pray that Putin ends up in prison, along with everybody that's helped him ..."

On Sunday morning, Sen. Rick Scott made his first comments in the wake of the death of an American journalist in Ukraine, seemingly the latest provocation to the U.S. from Vladimir Putin‘s Russia.

Journalist Brent Renaud, who has worked for The New York Times, was killed Sunday near Ukraine’s capital Kyiv. Officials blame Russian invaders for the murder of the 51-year-old photographer and filmmaker. A tweet from NYT Deputy Managing Editor Cliff Levy said Renaud was not actively on assignment for The Times at the time.

CBS News reported that documentary filmmaker Juan Arredondo was injured in the attack.

Appearing on “Fox and Friends,” Scott said, “It’s terrible. I mean, my heart goes out to the family of the individual that was killed. And I hope the other individual has a full recovery. But, I mean, Putin is just an absolute murderous thug.”

Scott added: “We all have to wake up to this is a dangerous world. We have horrible people who want to harm innocent civilians and take away democracy. Whether it’s Putin in Russia or Xi (Jinping) in China or the Ayatollah in Iran, we’ve got to really think of, you know, how we take care of people.”

The Senator said he was glad that an aid package passed for Ukraine, but urged that more could be done.

“I wish that we had a President who understood that you basically have to do all, everything. Don’t take anything off the table. Don’t tell your enemy what you’re going to do. Every day, wake up and spend your whole day saying ‘What else could we do to help the Ukrainian people?'”

“I pray for them,” Scott continued. “I pray that Putin ends up in prison, along with everybody that’s helped him for a long time. But in the meantime, we have got to get going here and help. Do everything we can to help Ukraine.”

That includes facilitating a transfer of NATO planes from Poland to the country, a move rejected by Biden as a provocation that would set up “World War III.” Scott is “furious” those planes haven’t moved yet.

Regardless of whether NATO-affiliated and U.S.-yoked Poland officially enters the war in Ukraine, the war in Ukraine has come closer to Poland, with Russia striking the Yavoriv International Center for Peacekeeping and Security, a base in Western Ukraine a dozen miles from the Polish border used for NATO training missions. Thirty-five people have been confirmed dead so far, with up to 200 more wounded in that strike.

“Putin doesn’t dictate the terms of American support. We dictate the terms of American support,” Scott said when asked about that attack.

The Florida National Guard had been training Ukrainians at that location through February, at which point they were repositioned. Scott was not in a position to confirm whether international forces were there when asked about the potential that other NATO support forces could have been killed.

A.G. Gancarski

A.G. Gancarski has written for FloridaPolitics.com since 2014. He is based in Northeast Florida. He can be reached at [email protected] or on Twitter: @AGGancarski


  • Kathy

    March 13, 2022 at 11:01 am

    First of all, Rick Scott should take time to listen to his constituents. I have no respect for him.

    Having said that…..We have spent decades and lost too many soldiers in Countries that didn’t want us there. Now, we have a compassionate, intelligent and one of the bravest leaders of a Country, literally, begging and pleading for help. We have a front row seat to the atrocities brought on by an aging, unstable, cruel, lying ruler who is jailing his own citizens and denying them the truth of outside information. He wants to take Ukraine, but first he needs to kill all of the citizens who, just weeks ago, were living in neighborhoods so very much like our own. He has control over nuclear reactors and is headed for a laboratory filled with samples of what will become chemical and biological weapons. Surrounding Countries which have shown such incredible good will, opening their homes to refugees are next. In the meantime, we watch families (like ours) being ripped apart, neighborhoods (like ours) turned to rubble and, again, watching that brave, honorable man begging for help to save human lives. What will it take, how much more horrific do pictures and videos have to become for action from someone, anyone to say “enough”. I believe if this horror were taking place in our neighborhoods, that brave, honorable man would take up arms and walk through fire to help us and bring thousands with him to protect total strangers from an aging KGB Agent who wants to destroy any good, even if it means killing his own citizens. I am glad I’m on the way out of this World.

  • Frankie M.

    March 13, 2022 at 11:01 am

    Does this mean he wants Trump behind bars? And why is it that the people who are most eager to enter into conflicts are also the least likely to send their kids to it?

  • Matthew Lusk

    March 13, 2022 at 1:32 pm

    Has Rick sold out to the warmongers? Remember NATO has been involved in killing thousands of ethnic Russians in Ukraine. War is hell. Rick mentions nothing of western NGOs overthrowing elected regimes in Ukraine. Mika’s father zibignew layed out the Nazi plan in his book World Order, “It is better to use NGOs to implement regime change than use a frontal traditional military assault.” Hence the international bankers have used mercenary armies and gifted weapons to wage war for the last 25 years. Remember the Nazi party in Ukraine helped to overthrow the elected government.

    • Ka boom

      March 14, 2022 at 6:55 am

      Every time Matthew talks a Russian soldier gets hit by an attillery shell and he cries lol

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        March 16, 2022 at 11:12 am

        No I perferr he does not like the waltz

  • Jo-an Bryson

    March 14, 2022 at 3:58 am

    Why are the lives of the Ukrainians less than those of Nato countries? We are seeing genocide and war crimes from Russia. Putin does not rule the world. He doesn’t get to make the rules. Nato needs to get a spine and help Ukraine. A no fly zone isn’t much to ask if it saves lives.

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    March 15, 2022 at 6:54 am

    And America kills and exrorts it’s uneducated and kills them with disease with homelessness.and makes them pay exzubrant amount to put shelter over their heads.

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    March 15, 2022 at 7:35 am

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