Trump: Putin Has Been a Leader ‘Far More’ Than Obama

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.


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Craig Erlam

Craig Erlam

Senior Currency Analyst at OANDA
Based in London, England, Craig Erlam joined OANDA in 2015 as a Market Analyst. With more than five years' experience as a financial market analyst and trader, he focuses on both fundamental and technical analysis while conducting macroeconomic commentary. He has been published by The Financial Times, Reuters, the Wall Street Journal and The Telegraph, and he also appears regularly as a guest commentator on networks including Sky News, Bloomberg, CNBC and BBC. Craig holds a full membership to the Society of Technical Analysts and he is recognized as a Certified Financial Technician by the International Federation of Technical Analysts.