Pence Backs Up Trump: Putin Is A ‘Stronger Leader’ Than Obama

AP

Vice Presidential candidate Mike Pence on Thursday defended Donald Trump’s most recent comments about Russian President Vladimir Putin, telling CNN that Putin is a “stronger leader” than President Obama.

Pence said that Trump was speaking “boldly” on Wednesday when he said that Putin is a leader “far more than our president has been a leader.”

“I think it’s inarguable that Vladimir Putin has been a stronger leader in his country than Barack Obama has been in this country. And that’s going to change the day that Donald Trump becomes president,” Pence told CNN.

Pence said that with his praise for Putin, Trump was not trying to praise dictatorship.

“Donald Trump said last night he doesn’t particularly like the system,” Pence told CNN.

Pence also defended his running mate’s Wednesday remark that military generals have been “reduced to rubble” under President Obama.

“I think he was talking about the commander in chief reducing the influence of generals to rubble,” the Indiana governor told CNN.

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