Trump: ‘I Haven’t Embraced’ Putin, I Just Said He’s A Stronger Leader Than Obama

September 16, 2016 6:48 a.m.

During a Wednesday interview with the Washington Post, Donald Trump dismissed accusations that he has “embraced” Russian President Vladimir Putin.

“By the way, that’s a totally false narrative. I haven’t embraced them. You know that,” Trump said when asked about his kind words for Putin.

“I simply said that Putin is a stronger leader than Obama,” he added.

Trump has repeatedly praised Putin throughout the campaign. And earlier this month, he said at an NBC forum that Putin has been a leader “far more than our president has been a leader.”

The Republican nominee has also been questioned about his business ties to Russia, but it’s still unclear whether Russian business interests have invested in his projects.

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Trump also went after Anderson Cooper in his interview with the Washington Post, arguing that the CNN host should not have been selected as a moderator for one of the presidential debates.

“I don’t think Anderson Cooper should be a moderator, because Anderson Cooper works for CNN and over the last couple of days, I’ve seen how Anderson Cooper behaves,” Trump told the Post. “He’ll be very biased, very biased. I don’t think he should be a moderator. I’ll participate, but I don’t think he should be a moderator. CNN is the Clinton News Network and Anderson Cooper, I don’t think he can be fair.”

And Trump defended his relationship with the facts when asked about potential for moderators to fact-check him during the debates.

“I don’t care. My facts are good. My facts are good. I don’t get enough credit for having my facts right,” Trump said. “They’ll say I’m wrong even when I’m right.”

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