During a NBC TV interview conducted on Wednesday night, where he and Hillary Clinton were being quizzed separately on national security and military matters, he described Putin as a leader who has control over his country.
Trump while speaking about Russia and Mr Putin's position said:
''The man has very strong control over a country, It's a very different system and I don't happen to like the system, but certainly, in that system, he's been a leader, far more than our president has been a leader."Mr Trump repeated his claim that he opposed the invasion of Iraq – despite the fact that he expressed support for it in a 2002 interview and said that after the US combat mission ended troops should have remained in Iraq to "take the oil".
'It used to be to the victor belongs the spoils," he told NBC moderator Matt Lauer. ' If we had taken Iraq's oil supply then ISIS would not exist.'The billionaire businessman suggested that he would remove the top military officials who had been advising Barack Obama, however, and usher in new set of people.
"I think under the leadership of Barack Obama and Hillary Clinton the generals have been reduced to rubble," he said.Mr Trump also said he felt he could get along with the Russian president, and was glad to have received a compliment from him.
"Well I think when he called me brilliant, I'll take the compliment, okay?" Mr Trump said. "Look, it's not going to get him anywhere. I'm a negotiator."Source: NBC