Putin says Trump is an 'extraordinary' and 'talented individual' who is an outsider to the US political establishment, unlike 'career man' Biden
Russian President Vladimir Putin praised former President Donald Trump in an exclusive interview with NBC News. Getty Images
Russian President Vladimir Putin told NBC News that Trump was "exceptional" and "talented".
He said Trump came from outside the US political establishment while Biden was a "career man".
Putin added that he hoped Biden was less "impulse-based" than Trump.
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Russian President Vladimir Putin praised former President Trump in an exclusive interview with NBC News on Friday.
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"Well, I already believe that the former US President Trump is an extraordinary, talented person, otherwise he would not have become US President," Putin told NBC's Keir Simmons.
He noted that Trump was a controversial figure, adding that he was more of a political outsider than President Joe Biden.
“He's a colorful person. Like him or not. But he didn't come from the US establishment, he wasn't part of big politics before, and some like it, some don't like it, but that's a fact, "added the Russian President.
Putin called Biden a "career man" who has spent "almost all of his adult life" in politics. Biden, 78, was first elected to the US Senate in 1972 at the age of 30.
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Putin told NBC News that there are pros and cons to Biden's presidency.
"There are some pros, some cons, but there won't be any impulse-based moves on behalf of the incumbent US president," he told NBC News.
The US-Russian relationship has worsened in recent months. Putin told NBC News that it had hit "its lowest point in years".
Biden and Putin are scheduled to officially meet on June 16 in Geneva, Switzerland.
The two world leaders will "discuss the full spectrum of pressing issues as we seek to restore the predictability and stability of US-Russia relations," a White House statement said.
On Thursday, Trump urged Biden to convey his "warmest greetings" to Putin.
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