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Putin Praises Trump, Calls Democrats ‘Sore Losers’

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Putin Praises Trump, Calls Democrats ‘Sore Losers’

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MOSCOW (Reuters) – Vladimir Putin praised U.S. President-elect Donald Trump on Friday, saying he had his finger on the pulse of U.S. society, and launched a scathing attack on the Democrats, saying they had forgotten the meaning of their own name and were sore losers.

Speaking at his annual news conference in Moscow, Russia’s president said that only Russia had believed that Trump would become the next president of the United States, but that did not mean the Democrats had the right to blame him for their defeat.

“The current administration and the leadership of the Democratic Party are trying to blame all their failures on external factors,” Putin told reporters.

“(We are talking about) a party which has clearly forgotten the original meaning of its own name,” Putin said, accusing the Democrats of “shamelessly” abusing their status as the ruling party to try to influence public opinion.

“Outstanding figures in American history from the ranks of the Democratic Party would likely be turning in their graves. Roosevelt certainly would be,” he said.

The White House and U.S. intelligence officials have accused Russia of trying to interfere with the U.S. election by hacking Democratic Party accounts. Information from those hacks was leaked online, causing political problems for Democratic candidate Hillary Clinton.

Putin dismissed suggestions Moscow had helped Trump to victory in any way however.

“It’s not like that,” he said. “All of this (the accusations) speaks of the current administration’s systemic problems.”


The question of who hacked the U.S. Democratic party was not important anyway, said Putin, but what the hacks revealed – that public opinion in the United States was being manipulated – was.

“They (the Democrats) are losing on all fronts and looking elsewhere for things to blame. In my view this, how shall I say it, degrades their own dignity. You have to know how to lose with dignity.”

Putin, who spoke positively of Trump before his election win, said that Moscow had believed in his victory.

“Trump understood the mood of the people and kept going until the end, when nobody believed in him,” Putin said, adding with a smile. “Except for you and me.”

Putin addressed Trump’s comments about the need to boost the U.S. nuclear arsenal, saying they were perfectly normal.

Trump’s comments, made in a tweet on Thursday, alarmed non-proliferation experts who said that a boost to the U.S. arsenal could fuel global tensions.

But Putin said he was surprised by the fuss Trump’s tweet had caused and how it had been linked to his own statements about Russia’s plans to modernize its own nuclear arsenal.

Putin said on Thursday Russia’s military was “stronger than any potential aggressor”. He made clear on Friday he did not regard the United States as a potential aggressor.

“I was a bit surprised by the statements from some representatives of the current U.S. administration who for some reason started to prove that the U.S. military was the most powerful in the world,” said Putin.

“Nobody is arguing with that.”

(Additional reporting by Katya Golubkova, Vladimir Soldatkin, Denis Pinchuk, Peter Hobson, Maria Kiselyova and Andrey Ostroukh, Gleb Stolyarov, Oksana Kobzeva, Andrey Kuzmin, Anastasia Lyrchikova; Editing by)

IMAGE: Russian President Vladimir Putin attends his annual end-of-year news conference in Moscow, Russia, December 23, 2016. Sputnik/Alexei Druzhinin/Kremlin via REUTERS



  1. The lucky one December 23, 2016

    No matter what if anything is accurate in Putin’s remarks an authoritarian dictator responsible for the deaths of political opponents as well as journalists lacks the credibility to criticize other governments. We know what would happen to any so-called populist challenger to Putin’s reign.

    1. Jmz Nesky December 23, 2016

      Alas, the orange soda pop will be taking notes on Putiin’s leadership.,. He will start with his secret police.. Sounds like history repeating itself but in a different hemisphere.

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      2. jmprint December 27, 2016

        Oh but he has two suckers ready to go on board, itsfuns and Jim, nazi lovers.

  2. Jim Samaras December 23, 2016

    It sounds as though Putin has a better handle on reality than our media does.

    1. itsfun December 23, 2016

      Sad but true.

      1. Bill P December 23, 2016

        What is really sad but true is that you believe the leader of the Russian Communist Party over the media in this country. And the right wing trolls on this site have the audacity to call people on this site Liberal Commies. If one of these trolls spent the time to look up the definition of a Liberal and of a Communist they would see they are polar opposites. Well maybe not.

    2. johninPCFL December 23, 2016

      Those two should get a room. Oh, wait, they have one. We used to call it the “oval office”.

      Now it’s “Putin’s Western Kremlin”.

    3. I Am Helpy December 23, 2016

      “Sure, he murders people for disagreeing with him and has children killed on an industrial scale, but the important thing is he says I’m smart for being a racist tool.”
      – you

      1. jmprint December 27, 2016

        Kim, Kimmy and Kimer

  3. Dan S December 23, 2016

    Hmmmm I see 3 blocked users on this post. Is that you Godzilla ?
    Putin has all but admitted to screwing with our election since he was so confident Trump would win. Having a communist leader telling Democrats how to lose with dignity is very rich since Trump kept whining of a rigged election.
    I hope those who voted for Trump will be happy when the ???? hits the fan big league or is that bigly ? ????

    1. Aaron_of_Portsmouth December 23, 2016

      Godzilla is out for his usual fire-breathing stroll. Jim and Otto are lurking as well—Lock the doors.

      1. Jmz Nesky December 23, 2016

        Naw, just turn the channel or place on mute.

  4. Jim Samaras December 23, 2016

    Actually an informative piece without the usual commentary that comes along with it. My congratulations to NM.

  5. Aaron_of_Portsmouth December 23, 2016

    “Dear Vladimir: Love your praises, and I have lots of love and kisses for you as well. Say hello to our partner in our threesome, Assad. Can’t wait to meet with the two of you at that cool dacha on the Caspian Sea.

    I’ll be your Homey and adoring buddy always.

    Love ya,

    PS—Got any Caviar? I know the sturgeon population has taken a big hit with your radioactive waste disposal in Lake Baikal. We’re going to get rid of environmental protection here in the US as well—count on it.”

  6. Apostol Pappas December 23, 2016

    Fascinating comments from Putin. He knows more about the mood in the US than the “Real Media”. The animosity by many Americans and many media experts towards Putin and Russia is very unfortunate. More can be achieved by detente.

    1. I Am Helpy December 23, 2016

      Putin literally has people tortured to death, and deliberately targets hospitals for bombing on behalf of Assad, one of his puppet dictators.

  7. jmprint December 27, 2016

    Where is Assange now? Are we ever going to see the republican emails that were hacked? We don’t need Putin, never have, never will. He is useless, to all except those that are just like him.


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