Donald Trump tossed more praise to Russian President Vladimir Putin on Wednesday night, saying he has been a better leader than U.S. President Barack Obama.
“(Putin) has very strong control over a country. Now, it’s a very different system and I don’t happen to like that system. But certainly in that system he’s been a leader far more than our president has been a leader,” the Republican presidential nominee said at NBC’s commander-in-chief forum in New York.
Some, including Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton, have criticized Trump for past statements praising Putin even as he appears to exercise more power. Previously in this campaign cycle, Trump has stumbled over questions about Russia’s annexation of Ukrainian territory Crimea and called for Russians to find missing emails from Clinton’s time as secretary of state.