Donald Trump doubled down Friday on his love for Russian President Vladimir Putin, and said there's "a lot of truth" to earlier comments he made about the U.S. killing people like Russia.
On WABC's Election Central with Rita Cosby, Trump was asked about comments he made on Morning Joe, where, when questioned about Putin murdering journalists, he said, "I think our country does plenty of killing also, Joe."
Trump did not back away from those comments in his interview with Cosby, saying, "Well, there's a lot of truth to that. We have such incompetent leadership that we're going all over the place. We're killing people. They're killing people. Everybody and you know, it'd be nice to have peace in the world. So, Putin said some very nice things about me, he doesn't know me, but he certainly gave me great compliments the other day, and all I did was respond with a thank you, that's very nice."
Trump noted to Cosby that the U.S. was not killing journalists like Putin, but was involved in several conflicts.
"No, we're not killing journalists, but we're certainly at a lot of different wars with a lot of different people, and maybe with good diplomacy and, you know, better leadership, things could work out a lot better than they're working out right now, you never know," he said.
Earlier Friday, on Morning Joe, Trump praised Putin, saying, "He's running this country, and at least he's a leader, you know, unlike what we have in this country."
Trump told Cosby that, as president, he'd have a better relationship with Russia.
"So we don't have good leadership to put it mildly, I'm being very nice, because it's your first show," he stated. "So we don't have good leadership, and I will say that if, if I get in, things will be a lot different. We'll have smart leadership and strong leadership, and you know frankly, having a good relationship with Russia instead of a terrible relationship with Russia would be a positive thing, not a negative thing."
Andrew Kaczynski is a political reporter for BuzzFeed News and is based in New York.
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