At NBC’s Commander-in-Chief forum Donald Trump reiterated his views about Russian President Vladimir Putin being a far “better” than his American counterpart Barack Obama.
The Republican presidential nominee said while he didn’t agree with Russia’s “system,” he still thinks Putin is a good leader.
“Certainly, in that system, he’s been a leader, far more than our president has been a leader,” Trump said. “We have a divided country.”
In July, he attracted criticism for publicly asking Russia to hack his presidential rival Hillary Clinton’s account. And just this week, The New York Times reported Putin's biggest Ukrainian ally secretly set aside $12.7 million in cash payments for Manafort.
On top of all this, Trump has a penchant for admiring the former KGB agent on public forums.
In December, the billionaire infamously left Joe Scarborough speechless when the MSNBC host pointed out Putin has allegedly killed journalists in his country and Trump replied: “At least he is a leader.”
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