Russian President Vladimir Putin had strong words of praise for 2016 GOP Presidential frontrunner Donald Trump recently, with Putin calling the real estate icon “a very bright and talented man” and an “absolute leader”
In a slight hit at President Obama, Putin also says he welcomes Trump’s call for warmer relations between the United States and Russia.
According to Politico:
“The love between Donald Trump and Vladimir Putin appears to be mutual, if the Russian president’s latest comments Thursday are any indication.
According to an Interfax report of his annual year-end news conference, Putin called the Republican presidential candidate “a very bright and talented man,” as well as an “absolute leader” in the race for the presidency.
“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,” Putin said, according to Reuters’ report.
The Russian president also said that it is none of his business “to assess tricks Donald Trump [is] using to boost his popularity,” according to Interfax.
Trump has repeatedly praised the Russian leader’s toughness and said he would be able to cut deals with him.
“He does not like Obama at all. He doesn’t respect Obama at all. And I’m sure that Obama doesn’t like him very much,” Trump said of Putin in October.”