Hillary Clinton campaign trolls Donald Trump on his Vladimir Putin bromance

Casey Mills
October 20, 2016

Under the next president, Obama insisted, the United States must continue to "call out" Moscow over behavior that violates worldwide norms.

After being elected as the US President in November 2008, Barack Obama had stayed away from the foreign policy domain, arguing that there is only one president at a time.

The Republican presidential nominee has repeatedly voiced admiration for the Russian president - notably calling him a better leader than Obama - and advocated a USA rapprochement with Moscow.

Striking a more conciliatory note, Putin said Sunday he hoped Moscow and Washington could improve their relations once "this hard period in the political life of the United States will pass".

"They insult him constantly - I mean, no wonder he can't stand Obama and Hillary Clinton", Mr. Trump said, calling the tensions a "very serious problem".

"I would like to reassure everyone, including our USA partners and friends - we do not intend to influence the USA election campaign", he said.

"Any characterization that somehow we have improperly challenged Russian aggression or have somehow tried to encroach on their legitimate interests is just wrong".

The Russian president stressed that Moscow would continue to strongly support the BRICS Business Council as an important mechanism for strengthening mutually beneficial cooperation of the BRICS countries. The admission has fueled speculation that President Barack Obama has already authorized or will authorize covert action against Russian Federation following a series of hacks that have targeted Democratic presidential nominee and former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton that the Obama administration has blamed on Moscow.

Mr. Trump told Mr. I'm much more surprised and troubled by the fact you have Republican officials who historically have been adamantly anti-Russia and in fact have attacked me for even engaging them diplomatically now supporting, in some cases echoing his positions.

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