By BI: Putin praises Trump as an ‘outstanding, unquestionably talented’ man. Obviously, it takes a leader to know a leader.
CNBC Russian President Vladimir Putin has given a glowing review of one of the most controversial candidates for the U.S. presidency, telling Russian media that Donald Trump was an absolute leader in the race.
Putin made the comments Thursday to Russian news agency Interfax after taking reporter questions for three hours as part of his annual press conference in Moscow. “After the conference, Putin said that Donald Trump is a very bright and talented person and the absolute leader of the presidential race,” Interfax tweeted in Russian.
FOX News “He (Trump) says that he wants a different level of relations, tighter and deeper relations with Russia, how can we not welcome that? Of course we welcome it,” he added.
Putin endorses Trump https://t.co/Wuel62wtmi
— Ben Smith (@BuzzFeedBen) December 17, 2015
Trump this week said he believed he would get along with Putin. “I will get along – I think – with Putin, and I will get along with others, and we will have a much more stable – stable world,” he said. “I would talk to him. I would get along with him.”
Putin added that Russia was ready to work with the United States no matter who is elected president next year. “We are ready to work with any president chosen by the American people,” he said.
— RT (@RT_com) December 17, 2015
Elaborating on the relationship between Putin and President Obama, Trump said, “Obama and him, he hates Obama, Obama hates him. We have unbelievably bad relationships.”