Donald Trump’s bigoted words and racist remarks may not have earned him much praise from most of his own party officials, but it looks like they have succeeded in making an impact on some of the world’s most controversial politicians.
From Russian President Vladimir Putin to North Korean dictator Kim Jong-un, the loudmouthed business mogul has won over a number of notable tyrants — a club that includes Zimbabwe’s long-serving President Robert Mugabe and Hungarian Prime Minister Viktor Orban.
“He is a very flamboyant man, very talented, no doubt about that,” Putin said at a December press conference about Trump. “He is an absolute leader of the presidential race, as we see it today. He says that he wants to move to another level of relations, to a deeper level of relations with Russia. How can we not welcome that? Of course we welcome it.”
While the GOP presidential nominee’s relations with Russia have come under recent scrutiny, one thing is for certain, Trump serves Putin’s interests better than his presidential rival, Hillary Clinton. The former reality TV star has not only called NATO “obsolete,” but also suggested he might refuse to defend allies in a crisis if elected president.
The Hungarian prime minister has also praised the Republican candidate, calling him an “upstanding American presidential candidate.” In fact, after hearing Trump's ideas for fighting terrorism, he said, “I myself could not have drawn up better what Europe needs.”
Orban himself is famous for corrupt judicial system, centralizing power and controlling the media and civic groups. The Islamophobic leader also built razor-wire border fences to stop migrants from entering his country.
Africa's most notorious dictator, Mugabe, has not offered an explicit endorsement of Trump but he reportedly hinted at his preference recently.
“Once [Trump] is your president, you’ll wish you’d been friendlier to me,” he told U.S. lawmakers Chris Coons and Adam Schiff earlier this year.
The 92-year-old leader makes international headlines every year for his extravagant birthday parties, which are a stark contrast to the famine and poverty in drought-stricken Zimbabwe.
“The president that U.S. citizens must vote for is not that dull Hillary — who claimed to adapt the Iranian model to resolve nuclear issues on the Korean Peninsula — but Trump, who spoke of holding direct conversation with North Korea,” said a North Korean state media outlet.
It also called Trump a “wise politician” and a “far-sighted presidential candidate.”
While the White House hopeful’s “catastrophic” nuclear strategy for Japan and South Korea seems to have irked Kim’s hermit kingdom to some extent, Trump’s own views about the reclusive nation and its leader have flip-flopped several times during his presidential campaign.
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