In a comment destined to inflame the conspiracy-theory Left — and resurrect the "bromance" memes between him and President Trump — Russian President Vladimir Putin called on Americans to start respecting Trump in response to a question he received on Thursday while at the Valdai International Discussion Club in Sochi, Russia.
Putin said the disrespect many Americans show President Trump was a "negative" feature of the political system in the United States, The Hill reported:
"Inside the country, disrespect is shown for him. This is a regrettable negative component of the U.S. political system," Putin said. "One can argue but one can’t show disrespect, even not for him personally but for those people who voted for him. Mr. Trump was elected by the American people. And at least for this reason, it is necessary to show respect for him, even if you do not agree with some of his positions."
Putin also said that Trump doesn’t need any advice from him because the fact that he has ascended to the position which he currently occupies is a testament to his talent and ability.
"I believe that the president of the United States does not need any advice because one has to possess certain talent and go through this trial to be elected, even without having the experience of such big administrative work. He [Trump] has done this," Putin said. "He won honestly."