“Well, also a person that kills journalists, political opponents, and invades countries. Obviously, that would be a concern, would it not?” countered co-host Joe Scarborough.
“He’s running his country and at least he’s a leader. You know, unlike what we have in this country,” Trump responded.
“Well, I think our country does plenty of killing also, Joe,” Trump said. ”There’s a lot of stupidity going on in the world right now, Joe. A lot of killing going on and a lot of stupidity and that’s the way it is.”
SCARBOROUGH: I’m confused. So you obviously condemn Putin killing journalists and political opponents, right?
TRUMP: Oh sure, absolutely.
However, Trump went back to complimenting Putin a moment later, praising his high approval rating among Russians, which Trumped cited at “in the 80s.”
— Tom S. Elliott is the founder and editor of Grabien.