In a move that will likely prompt more calls for collusion, Russia’s President Vladimir Putin offered more words of praise for President Trump on Wednesday, but added that he was sorely disappointed with the U.S. political system, saying that it has been “eating itself up.”
Speaking in an interview with Russian state television, Putin lavished Trump with praise, describing him as a great communicator: “I have no disappointment at all,” Putin said according to AP, when asked about the U.S. president. “Moreover, on a personal level he made a very good impression on me.”
Putin also praised Trump as a “balanced” man, who easily gets into the gist of various issues and listens to his interlocutor. “It’s possible to negotiate with him, to search for compromises,” Putin added.
The two leaders met on the sidelines of international summits last year.
The Russian president also noted that he spent some time talking to Melania Trump when he sat next to her during an official dinner at the G-20 summit in Hamburg, Germany in July. The Russian leader said he told her and the wife of the Italian premier “about Siberia and Kamchatka, about fishing … about bears on Kamchatka and tigers in the Far East.”
“I made some exaggerations,” the action-loving Russian leader said with a grin. “When you talk about fishing, you can’t help exaggerating.”
Asked jokingly by the interviewer if he was trying to recruit the women, the KGB veteran responded by saying: “No, I stopped dealing with that a long time ago.” He added with a smile: “But I liked doing that, it was my job for many years.”
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Putin then changed the topic, and vented his frustration with the U.S. political system saying “it has demonstrated its inefficiency and has been eating itself up.”
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