Wednesday, September 30, 2015
U.S. Candidate Donald Trump Gives Putin 'A' For Leadership.
U.S. Candidate Donald Trump Gives Putin 'A' For Leadership. (rferl).
U.S. presidential candidate Donald Trump gave Russian President Vladimir Putin an 'A' for leadership in an interview on Fox News Channel's "The O'Reilly Factor" September 29.
The billionaire businessman and leading Republican contender to replace U.S. President Barack Obama praised Russia's military buildup in Syria, which has caused consternation in the Obama White House, and said Russia should be welcomed to join the fight against the Islamic State group.
Referring to widely published photos of Obama and Putin glaring at each other at the United Nations General Assembly this week, Trump said Putin comes across as the better leader.
"I will tell you that, in terms of leadership, he's getting an 'A' and our president is not doing so well," Trump said. "They did not look good together."
Trump has said he thinks he would get along well with the Russian leader, declaring that "Putin is a nicer person than I am."
He said Russia should be free to pursue its quest of defeating IS in Syria.
"I say there's very little downside with Putin fighting ISIS," he said. "If he wants to fight ISIS, let him fight ISIS." Read the full story here.