Donald Trump Lavishes Praise on ‘Leader’ Putin
Donald Trump is a predictable man. After receiving praise from Russian President Vladimir Putin, he returned the favor.
“He’s running his country and at least he’s a leader, unlike what we have in this country,” Trump said when asked by “Morning Joe” Republican host Joe Scarborough about Putin’s alleged killing of journalists and political opponents.
“I think our country does plenty of killing also, Joe, so you know. There’s a lot of stupidity going on in the world right now, a lot of killing, a lot of stupidity,” he said.
Trump suggested the U.S. reduce involvement in eastern Ukraine, a clear deviation from the party line of stepping up involvement.
“I think maybe we should do a little following and let the neighbors take a little bit more of an active role in the Ukraine,” Trump said.
Trump also suggested that as president he would herald a new era of relations between the U.S. and Russia, which have plummeted to levels not seen since the Cold War, experts say.
Trump pointed to his experience as a dealmaker and said that while some see Russia as a problem for the United States — most in the Republican Party have described Russia as the U.S.’s top global adversary — Trump said one “could also see Russia being a really big asset to our country.”
“A lot of good things could happen with Russia if we get along with Russia and if they respect us,” Trump said. “Putin doesn’t respect our president.”
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