Russian President Vladimir Putin has called on Americans to stop disrespecting President Donald Trump, a trend the Russian leader has described as a symptom of a poor political system in the United States.
Putin, who was accused by the United States of influencing the 2016 US Presidential race for Trump, broke a series of hostile diplomatic exchanges between the two major powers in a speech Thursday to defend his former ally against what he considers to be unfair criticism. .
Speaking at the Valdai Discussion Club in Sochi, Putin again denied any Russian interference in last year’s US elections, saying Trump “won honestly” and that he and his supporters behaved legitimately in response to the climate. current American politics.
“Inside the country, lack of respect is shown for him, it is a regrettable negative component of the American political system,” Putin said, according to the Russian news agency Tass.
“We can argue but we can not disrespect, not even for him personally but for those who voted for him,” he added.
Putin also defended Trump’s non-traditional and sometimes controversial approach to the country’s leadership, calling the Republican’s unpredictable decisions a “reasonable response” to the “great domestic resistance” that keeps Trump from fulfilling his election promises. Trump made similar arguments, most blaming the media for what he sees as an overtly negative representation of his administration.
Putin said he believes “the president of the United States does not need advice because he has to have some talent and go through this process to be elected, even without having the experience of such work. administrative.”
After his election last year, Trump frequently expressed his desire to repair political relations between the United States and Russia, which had been severely damaged during the administration of President Barack Obama. Trump extolled a number of points of view that brought him closer to the Kremlin, notably by rejecting NATO’s Western military alliance as “obsolete” and building a joint US-Russia effort to fight the Islamist Islamic State group and to other jihadist groups in Syria.