Donald Trump Says He’ll 'Get Along Fine' With Russian President Vladimir Putin

The GOP candidate spoke with ABC News' George Stephanopoulos

ByABC News
December 20, 2015, 10:56 AM

— -- After receiving praise from Vladimir Putin earlier this week, Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump said he thinks he’ll “get along fine” with the Russian president if elected.

"If Putin respects me, and if Putin wants to call me brilliant ... I'll accept that, and I'll accept it on behalf of our country,” he said.

Trump criticized President Obama’s relationship with Putin, saying the Russian president “can’t stand our president, and it’s causing us difficulty." He added Russia could be a strong ally for the U.S. in the fight against ISIS.

“If Russia wants to bomb the hell out of ISIS, and join us in that effort, I am absolutely fine with it," he said. "I think that’s an asset, not a liability.”

“If we get along well with Russia, that’s a positive thing,” Trump added, "not a negative thing."