Russian President Vladimir Putin gave GOP front-runner Donald Trump praise Thursday, saying the conservative firebrand was a “talented” man and an “absolute leader.”
Speaking at his annual year-end news conference, Mr. Putin called the billionaire candidate “a very bright and talented man,” according to Interfax.
“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,” Mr. Putin said, Reuters reported.
The feeling is mutual, Mr. Trump has repeatedly praised the Russian leader’s strength and said he would be eager to cut deals with him.