US Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump has criticized his Democratic rival Hillary Clinton and President Barack Obama for aggressively “insulting” Russian President Vladimir Putin.
“They insult him constantly — I mean, no wonder he can’t stand Obama and Hillary Clinton,” the New York businessman said in a radio interview on Monday.
Describing the growing tensions between Russia and the US as a “very serious problem,” Trump said the situation is the “worst” since the end of the Cold War.
“We have Putin, who has no respect for Obama at all — doesn’t like him, and doesn’t respect him,” the real estate mogul said. “A really catastrophic situation here, I’ll be honest with you.”
The former reality TV star said, if elected in the November election, he would meet with Putin “prior to” inauguration.
Russia and Putin have been one of the hottest topics discussed in this year’s election cycle, with Clinton and…