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Putin: It’s ‘Regrettable’ Americans ‘Disrespect’ Trump – ‘He Won Honestly’

Russian President Vladimir Putin scolded America on Thursday for the lack of respect its people show its president.

Putin, speaking at the Valdai International Discussion Club in Sochi, Russia, said Americans’ disrespect for President Donald Trump spotlights a “negative” feature of the American political system.

“Inside the country, disrespect is shown for him. This is a regrettable negative component of the U.S. political system,” Putin said, according to The Hill. 

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“One can argue but one can’t show disrespect, even not for him personally but for those people who voted for him,” he added.

Putin noted that Trump won the election “honestly,” which entitles him to respect.

“Mr. Trump was elected by the American people. And at least for this reason, it is necessary to show respect for him, even if you do not agree with some of his positions,” he said.

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Putin was asked if he would give Trump advice. He demurred.

“I believe that the president of the United States does not need any advice because one has to possess certain talent and go through this trial to be elected, even without having the experience of such big administrative work. He has done this,” he said.

Last month, Putin also spoke out about American politics,” CBS News reported.

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Asked whether he was disappointed in Trump, Putin said that Trump is “not my bride, and I’m not his groom.”

“It is hard to hold a dialogue with people who mix Austria with Australia,” he said, referring to a 2007 gaffe by then-President George W. Bush, who during a visit to Australia, called the troops greeting him Austrian.

“The American nation, America is truly a great country and a great people if they can tolerate such a big number of people with such a low level of political culture,” Putin said.

The Russian leader made it clear at the time he thinks it would be “absolutely wrong” for Russia to discuss U.S. politics.

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Putin’s comments come as U.S. officials are investigating the extent and impact of Russian interference in the 2016 presidential election.

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