Speaking to MSNBC's Morning Joe this morning, Donald Trump seemed quite happy to have earned the endorsement of Russian President Putin this week.
Personally, I think Putin's support was more about who Putin thinks he can mop up the floor with, but that's me...
When host Joe Scarborough brought up Vladimir Putin’s reputation for killing journalists who disagreed with him, Trump's answer brought a pause.
Via Business Insider:
“Sure, when people call you ‘brilliant’ it’s always good. Especially when the person heads up Russia,” Trump told cohost Mika Brzezinski when asked about Putin praising him as “very talented” the day before.
Scarborough pointed to Putin’s status as a notorious strongman. “Well, I mean, it’s also a person who kills journalists, political opponents, and invades countries. Obviously that would be a concern, would it not?” Scarborough asked.
“He’s running his country, and at least he’s a leader,” Trump replied. “Unlike what we have in this country.” “But again: He kills journalists that don’t agree with him,” Scarborough said.
The Republican presidential front-runner said there was “a lot of killing going on” around the world and then suggested that Scarborough had asked him a different question.
I read about this exchange earlier today, but it is something else to actually watch and hear. It's rather chilling that Trump's response to Putin's killing is "well, he's running his country."
Joe Scarborough even circled back to give Trump an out, and Trump wasn't having it.
Seriously. Watch below. Note the silence after his remarks.