17:54 Sep. 14, 2016
Obama mentioned that Trump calls his idol Vladimir Putin, despite the fact that he subdued the media and the jailing of political opponents
Russian President Vladimir Putin's government didn't take kindly to President Obama criticizing Donald Trump's praise for Putin, ‘The Week' reports. Quotes from President Barack Obama on the lack of Russian democracy, and the suppression of freedom of speech "does not contribute to the establishment of mutual trust", Kremlin spokesperson Dmitry Peskov says today, on September 14.
"Sadly, we see the continuation of this blatant Russophobia. All we can do is express our regrets in this regard," Peskov said. "Let's put it this way: Such statements will hardly help the shy and very fragile attempts at building at least some mutual trust (between the U.S. and Russia - UT)."
A day before Obama delivered a speech blasting Trump for viewing Putin as a "role model". In particular, Obama hit Trump for praising Putin's "82 percent" approval rating, which Obama contended is "what happens" when "you control the media and you've taken away everybody's civil liberties, and you jail dissidents." Trump has repeatedly praised Putin throughout his campaign, appearing on a Russian state-owned television network and applauding Putin's "very strong control over a country."
He also compared Putin to Iraqi President Saddam Hussein. Such comparison is quite obvious and was proposed yet at the beginning of Putin's invasion to Ukraine in 2014 by British foreign policy specialist Brooks Newmark in his article for ‘Express'.
The video of Obama's speech was broadcasted by CNN and appeared on YouTube on various private channels.