Vladimir Putin likes the idea of President Trump
No, this isn’t a joke. Russian President Vladimir Putin actually said that Trump is,
"The absolute leader in the presidential race. He is a very outstanding person, talented, without any doubt."
He also said he loves Trump's idea of the US and Russia getting cozier:
"He wants to move to another level of relations, a closer, deeper level of relations with Russia. ... How can we not welcome this? Of course we welcome this."
— CNN Newsroom (@CNNnewsroom) December 17, 2015
It’s true. Trump actually said that he thinks he’d get along with Putin, and apparently Mr. Putin is down.
Putin says Trump is ‘absolute leader’ in U.S. presidential race. Wow, Vlad weighing in on the @realDonaldTrump
— Tim Seymour (@timseymour) December 17, 2015
Putin on Trump: pic.twitter.com/xtPmdWdfU2
— #DONALDTRUMP2016 (@WyattMania) December 17, 2015
What does America think? Putin has to be kidding.
Putin on the wires saying that Trump is a very 'bright' person. I'm assuming he is on about his skin tone?? pic.twitter.com/04vdfX0Zlt
— RANsquawk (@RANsquawk) December 17, 2015
Putin doesn't respect Trump. Don't be naive. He likes the guy who has said on multiple occasions he would cede territory and influence to RU
— Noah Rothman (@NoahCRothman) December 17, 2015
If Putin's comments on Donald Trump don't make you second-guess your support of him then you're probably a lost cause (read: plain stupid).
— Bailey Betz (@TheBaileyBetz) December 17, 2015
Trump says he would have a very good relationship with Putin. Yes, I can see them both riding horses without their shirts on.
— Francine Milano (@FrancineMilano) December 17, 2015
Many are also saying that this is basically an endorsement.
Love fest between the two most dangerous men on the planet. Putin Endorses Donald Trump For President https://t.co/VIBpSuQd77
— Bill Browder (@Billbrowder) December 17, 2015
— lesley clark (@lesleyclark) December 17, 2015
Josh Earnest reacts to Putin comment on Donald Trump by saying that it “sounds pretty close” to an endorsement
— Charlie Spiering (@charliespiering) December 17, 2015
Does an endorsement from someone who isn’t American and can’t vote in our election really count? Should it? Especially when that someone is the leader of a major country and a frenemy at best?
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Sarah is a freelance writer from Northern Virginia. She graduated from UVA in 2014 and since then has been traveling abroad with her husband and pet bearded dragon, Lady Smaug. When she’s not writing you can find her checking out a museum exhibit, wandering around a used bookshop, or watching reruns of “Gilmore Girls.”