Vladimir Putin Praises Donald Trump

Trump under fire again for returning the favor to the president of Russia.
1:27 | 12/19/15

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On the republican side tonight, Donald Trump back in the headlines after his eye-opening response to Russian president Vladimir Putin. Trump making headlines with what he said. David Wright on the trump campaign tonight. Reporter: Today, a mutual admiration society for two political strongmen. Reporter: After Vladimir Putin praised Donald Trump as, quote, "Undoubtedly a bright and talented person." When people call you brilliant, it's always good. Especially when the person heads up Russia. Reporter: Jeb bush tweeted, "A true freedom-loving conservative wouldn't be flattered by praise from a despot like Putin. #Chaoscandidate." At least he's a leader. Unlike what we have in this country. But again, he kills journalists that don't agree with him. Well, I think our country does plenty of killing also, Joe. So, you know -- with a lot of stupidity going on in the world right now, Joe. Reporter: That outraged the 2012 nominee Mitt Romney, who tweeted, "Important distinction -- thug Putin kills journalists and opponents. Our presidents kill terrorists and enemy combatants." But Dr. Ben Carson seems okay with all this. If somebody is going to pay you a compliment, you take it. Not a problem. Reporter: And that seems to be how trump sees it, too. David Wright, ABC news, new York.

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