Russian President Vladimir Putin came to President Trump’s defense on Thursday urging Americans to show him more respect.
“Mr. Trump was elected by the American people,” Putin said Thursday, according to The Hill. “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,” he said in response to a question posed to him at the Valdai International Discussion Club in Sochi, Russia.
“Inside the country, disrespect is shown for him. This is a regrettable negative component of the U.S. political system,” Putin said.
He continued, saying that “one can argue but one can’t show disrespect, even not for him personally but for those people who voted for him.”
“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,” the Russian leader said. “He won honestly.”
Putin’s remarks came the same day that U.N. Ambassador Nikki Haley accused the Russian government of committing “warfare” against the United States when they meddled in the 2016 presidential election.
“When a country can come interfere in another country’s elections, that is warfare,” Haley said Thursday at the George W. Bush Institute.
“It really is, because you’re making sure that the democracy shifts from what the people want to giving out that misinformation,” she added.