Vladimir Putin rages at ‘rotten’ US political system as he supports Donald Trump

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Vladimir Putin has furiously lashed out at the “rottenness of the American political system” as he threw his support behind Donald Trump.

The Russian president’s outburst came at the Eastern Economic Forum gathering on the Pacific Coast city of Vladivostok in Russia.

He said at one point: “As for the prosecution of Trump, for us what is happening in today’s conditions, in my opinion, is good because it shows the rottenness of the American political system, which cannot pretend to teach others democracy.

“Everything that is happening with Trump is the persecution of a political rival for political reasons. That’s what it is. And this is being done in front of the public of the United States and the whole world.”

When he was president, Trump frequently talked up the solid relations he had with Putin – despite the obvious tensions between the US and Russia.

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But the favourite to become the Republican Party’s candidate in the presidential election could be hit with up to 91 felony charges in criminal proceedings unfolding in Washington, New York, South Florida, and Atlanta.

The charges include the handling of classified information as well as efforts to overturn the last presidential election in 2020, which was won by current president Joe Biden.

Putin also made reference to comments made by Trump recently that if he gets back into the White House, he could end the war between Russia and Ukraine in a matter of days.

The Russian president said: “We hear that Mr Trump says that he will solve pressing problems in a few days, including the Ukrainian crisis. Well, this cannot but bring happiness. This is good.”

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But Putin warned there is unlikely to be a change in the poor relations between Russia and the US – regardless of who is actually in the White House hot seat.

Earlier this year, presidential hopeful Trump insisted he would be the best person to bring Russia’s war in Ukraine to an end – and could make that happen within a day.

He said at the time: “If I were president, and I say this, I will end that war in one day, it would take 24 hours.

“I know Zelensky well, I know Putin well. I would get that ended in a period of 24 hours. It would be easy, that deal would be easy.”

In July, Trump explained in more detail how he would end Russia’s brutal war in Ukraine if he were president when asked the question during an interview with Fox News host Maria Bartiromo

He replied: “I know Zelensky very well, I know Putin very well—even better – and I had a very good relationship with both of them.”

Trump said he would tell Ukrainian president Volodymyr Zelensky: “No more, you gotta make a deal,” and would warn Putin: “If you don’t make a deal, we’re gonna give them a lot. We’re gonna give more than they ever got.”

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