Eric Trump was slammed on social media after making a series of claims about his father, the former US President Donald Trump's "great relationship" with Russian President Vladimir Putin on Monday.

"Putin was in with the KGB, he can read people, and he could tell that Donald Trump was a very strong person," the 38-year-old responded when Fox News ' Sean Hannity asked him why Putin did not invade Ukraine during the Trump administration. "Listen, my father would call up and would have said, 'Vladimir, don't even think about it, don't even try us. I'm telling you it's not going to work out very well for you.'"

He also pointed to the former president's relationship with North Korean leader Kim Jong Un. "And what did my father say? 'You know, Kim, you mess around with us, you will be met with fire and fury, the likes of which you have never seen before.' Right?" he said. "And then a couple months later, they're shaking hands in North Korea, and the relationship was perfect." Then he went on to comment on President Joe Biden, "Biden does the exact opposite of that every single day."

Many commentators noted that they had no issue with Biden's lack of a relationship with Putin. Social media users also mocked his assertions. Meanwhile, in a recent video uploaded to Twitter, Donald Trump Jr. insisted, "He knew exactly how to play these guys, and he played it like a fiddle."

The US and its North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO) allies have imposed substantial economic sanctions on Russia and approved billions in military and humanitarian aid to Ukraine. However, they have stopped short of any moves that could provoke open conflict between NATO and Russia, which could escalate into a nuclear war.

Trump was known to be notoriously deferential to autocratic leaders like Putin, Kim, Chinese President Xi Jinping and Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan, while frequently criticizing US allies. He clearly sided with Putin despite Russian aggression against Ukraine and refused to condemn his actions even after the invasion of Ukraine, which has lead to a lot of deaths.

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President Donald Trump's son Eric Trump addresses supporters at a rally on October 29, 2020 in Lansing, Michigan. Eric Trump spoke to about 60 Trump supporters at an outdoor sports complex in the final week before the U.S. presidential election. Photo by John Moore/Getty Images

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