Russian President Vladimir Putin praised his American counterpart when he was asked about views on President Donald Trump. Hailing the American president as a “straightforward” person, the Russian strongman said the lack of political background for Trump will allow him to have a “fresh look at things”.
Putin was engaged in a freewheeling conversation with a selected group of senior editors from international media outlets in St Petersburg on Thursday (1 June). He answered questions on a range of topics including Russia’s alleged meddling in the US elections and his opinion on Trump, who took charge of the White House in January.
When asked about what advice he would give Trump on how to handle political matters, Putin responded: “A man like Trump does not need advice, especially when it comes to internal political matters.”
He then added a disclaimer: “Generally speaking, it is always counterproductive to try to lecture counterparts.”
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