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Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump gives Vladimir Putin an ‘A’ on leadership

NEWARK: One day after President Barack Obama and Russian President Vladimir Putin made little headway in their standoff over Syria at their first formal meeting in more than two years, Republican presidential hopeful Donald Trump is agreeing with Putin on his backing of Syrian President Bashar Assad.

Speaking on Fox News Channel’s “The O’Reilly Factor” Tuesday evening, the billionaire businessman and Republican presidential front-runner praised Russia’s recent military buildup in in Syria and expressed little concern for Putin’s support for his longtime Syrian ally.

If he wants to fight ISIS, let him fight ISIS,” Trump said in an interview taped at his Trump Tower skyscraper in Manhattan.

I say there’s very little downside with Putin fighting ISIS,” he added.

The US has long insisted that Syria’s future cannot include Assad. But Putin has cast Assad’s government as the best defense against Islamic State militants, a group the US is also working to defeat.

Trump also suggested that Assad, who has used barrel bombs and chemical weapons against civilians, was preferable to other potential options.

“Personally, I’ve been looking at the different players and I’ve been watching Assad,” Trump said, ” … and I’m looking at Assad and saying maybe he’s better than the kind of people that we’re supposed to be backing because we don’t even know who we’re backing. We have no idea.”
Trump has long predicted that he would get along well with Putin and declared Monday that, “Putin is a nicer person than I am.” He repeated his criticism that Putin is the better leader when compared with Obama.
“I will tell you that, in terms of leadership, he’s getting an ‘A’ and our president is not doing so well,” he said. “They did not look good together.”

You can dislike Trump all you want, and for whatever reason you want, but do any of you disagree with his statement, one that, once again, no other American presidential candidates have the courage to utter?

Please speak freely in the comments under the flag of political truce and in the spirit of good discourse.

  • Maurixio Garciasanchez

    That means Russia will come to this continent in the future , Venezuela and Argentina already said they will say a yes to Russia to open military bases in their own countries .

    • Drunk_by_Noon

      If Argentina gets any more economic sanctions slapped against her by the U.S. they will look like Venezuela.

      Venezuela has always been a corrupt sh*t hole, but Argentina used to be a very nice place before they went insane 100 years ago and they started having a successive chain of military juntas that drove their economy into the dirt and warped their people’s minds trying to reclaim a past golden age that they themselves destroyed.

      • mauser 98

        “as rich as an Argentine” used to be a saying

      • Maurixio Garciasanchez

        They don’t care about sanctions , once Russia opens their military base in those countries that means the cold war will be arriving again .

        • Drunk_by_Noon

          Yeah, because not caring about American economic sanctions and sucking up to the Russians has made Cuba the economic powerhouse that it is today!

          Well played Maurixio!

  • The truth can be very refreshing.

    • Xavier

      Putin is a great leader. We may not agree with him, but that is a separate issue. He loves his country and it shows.

      Obama, on the other hand, hates his country – and that shows too.

  • simus1

    Trump is not unlike an amalgam of Truman and Eisenhower. Both were capable of playing the folksy amiable noisy Labrador on cue but no one who spent much time with either missed the decisive steely stubbornness of the ruthless Doberman that lurked within.

  • mauser 98

    ..yikes…more trouble for Hill

    Teamsters Withhold Endorsement for Hillary Want to Meet With Donald Trump

    • simus1

      They always know which way the wind is blowing.
      Have they found out that stone found embedded in her hoof is inoperative?

      • mauser 98

        yes… not from the goodness of their hearts..want something

    • Blacksmith

      I hope like hell Trump see them for what they are and does not cowtow to them.

  • Martin B

    The key difference is that Putin always puts Russia first while Obama always puts America last.

  • John

    What makes Trump refreshing is that he doesn’t run any potential statement he may make by pollsters to see if the public likes it or not.
    All other candidates, be they Dems or Republicans, recite such carefully crafted and polished statements that they sound canned

  • Blacksmith

    I am not a fanboy for Trump, I don’t know if I will vote for him if he is the nominee. However he IS saying what needs to be said and is saying it in the right way. Whether or not he would follow through is another story entirely. The entrenched political classes are the problem NOT the solution.

  • john700

    The fact that Obama is an idiot does not make Putin a good guy.
    Sorry, but Donald does not know what he is talking about.

  • Minicapt

    For Trump, the truth is relative to his feelings of the moment.