Donald Trump thinks Russian President Vladimir Putin's praise of him is "terrific"—but not just because it stroked his ego (which it certainly did).

The Republican frontrunner appeared on Hannity Thursday to talk about a range of topics, including the "joke" of a budget passed by the House—which basically handing Obama and the Democrats everything they wanted and more —and Putin's recent praise of Trump.

Putin's partial endorsement came during his annual press conference in Moscow on Thursday, in which he said of Trump, "He’s a really brilliant and talented person, without any doubt. It’s not our job to judge his qualities, that’s a job for American voters, but he's the absolute leader in the presidential race … He says he wants to move on to a new, more substantial relationship, a deeper relationship with Russia, how can we not welcome that? Of course we welcome that."

Asked to comment on the compliment, Trump told host Sean Hannity that he thought it was "terrific" and the kind of thing that "should be happening," adding that the mutual "dislike" between Putin and Obama was making it impossible to work with Russia.

"Well, I welcome it," said Trump of Putin's praise. "I think it’s great. I think that’s what should be happening. I mean, his dislike for President Obama, and it’s a mutual thing, is terrible. That’s why you see all the conflict, all the problems, all the hatred. We should be able to work and [if] we can’t work with Russia, that’s not a good thing. And I’m greatly honored by his statement. I think it is terrific."

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