It seems like the Donald Trump-Vladimir Putin bromance is alive and well. In advance of his meeting next week with President Joe Biden, the Russian president in an interview with NBC News described Trump as a “colorful individual” and said he believes he can work with Biden.
Putin offered this take on the twice-impeached, one-term former president. “Well even now, I believe that former U.S. president Mr. Trump is an extraordinary individual, talented individual, otherwise he would not have become U.S. president. He is a colorful individual. You may like him or not. And, but he didn’t come from the U.S. establishment. He had not been part of big-time politics before, and some like it, some don’t like it but that is a fact.”
Clearly Putin is on Trump’s mind even though he’s been out of office for six months. On Thursday Trump emailed reporters a snarky statement wishing Biden luck in his upcoming meeting with the former KGB spy chief. “Good luck to Biden in dealing with President Putin — don’t fall asleep during the meeting, and please give him my warmest regards!”
Of Biden, Putin said he is “radically different from Trump because President Biden is a career man. He has spent virtually his entire adulthood in politics. That’s a different kind of person, and it is my great hope that, yes, there are some advantages, some disadvantages, but there will not be any impulse-based movements on behalf of the sitting U.S. president.”
Putin also said, “We have a bilateral relationship that has deteriorated to its lowest point in recent years,” although he didn’t indicate whether he feels Trump or Biden bear responsibility.
You can watch an excerpt of the interview below, courtesy of NBC News.