Trump said that he was flattered that Putin complimented him Thursday. “When people call you brilliant, it’s always good, especially when the person heads up Russia.”
“Well, also he’s a person that kills journalists and political opponents and invades countries,” host Joe Scarborough pointed out. “That would be a concern, would it not?”
Trump didn’t think so. “He’s return running his country and at least he’s a leader, unlike what we have in this country,” he responded.
“But again, he kills journalist that don’t agree with him,” Scarborough insisted.
“Well, I think our country does plenty of killing also, Joe,” Trump said. “You know. there’s a lot of stuff going on in the world right now, Joe. A lot of killing going on and a lot of stupidity…”
After being pressed by Scarborough a third time, Trump eventually condemned Putin’s murder of political opponents and journalists. But, he added, “I’ve always felt fine about Putin. I think he is a strong leader, he’s a powerful leader, he’s represented his country the way — the country is being represented.”
In true Trump fashion, he concluded by citing Putin’s poll numbers. “He’s got popularity within his country. They respect him as a leader, certainly the last couple of years they’ve respected him as the leader. Obama’s in the low 30’s, upper 40’s and he’s in the 80’s.”
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