Putin US political system eating itself up
March 07, 2018 08:18 AM
Russia's President Vladimir Putin had more words of praise for U.S. President Donald Trump on Wednesday, but added that he was sorely disappointed with the U.S. political system, saying that it has been "eating itself up."
Speaking in an interview with the Russian state television, Putin lavished Trump with praise, describing him as a great communicator.
"I have no disappointment at all," Putin said when asked about the U.S. president. "Moreover, on a personal level he made a very good impression on me."
The two leaders met on the sidelines of international summits last year. Putin praised Trump as a "balanced" man, who easily gets into the gist of various issues and listens to his interlocutor.
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"It's possible to negotiate with him, to search for compromises," Putin added.
He also noted that he spent some time talking to Melania Trump when he sat next to her during an official dinner at the G-20 summit in Hamburg, Germany in July. The Russian leader said he told her and the wife of the Italian premier "about Siberia and Kamchatka, about fishing ... about bears on Kamchatka and tigers in the Far East."
"I made some exaggerations," the action-loving Russian leader said with a grin. "When you talk about fishing, you can't help exaggerating."
Asked if he was trying to recruit the women, the KGB veteran responded by saying: "No, I stopped dealing with that a long time ago."
He added with a smile: "But I liked doing that, it was my job for many years."
Venting his frustration with the U.S. political system, Putin said "it has demonstrated its inefficiency and has been easting itself up."Read More...