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Michael Reagan: Trump Should Not Cozy Up Disrespectful Putin

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By    |   Friday, 09 Sep 2016 05:41 PM

Veteran political commentator Michael Reagan says he has a problem with Donald Trump's flattering comments about Russian President Vladimir Putin.

"Oh yeah. I mean absolutely. People [like Putin] only live by respect. First of all, you have to gain the respect of that leadership and then you work on it from there," Reagan, son of President Ronald Reagan, told "The Steve Malzberg Show" Friday on Newsmax TV.

"It's not about let's be all buddies, let's be friends, let's have a beer together and so on and so forth. This is about respect."

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This week, the Republican presidential nominee praised Putin as a "stronger leader," one of several complimentary statements he's made about the Russian strongman in recent months.

The comments fly in the face of what Republican leaders have said about Putin, such as House Speaker Paul Ryan who insists he is an "aggressor" who "does not share" American interests. Trump has also said that Putin looks at Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton and laughs. "He laughs."

"Right now, Vladimir Putin does not respect the United States of America, which is shown by the way he is leading in his country for Trump to sit there and say he's a really strong leader," Reagan said.

"He is a strong leader because we're very weak at this point and don't stop him from doing the things that he is in fact doing."

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